Urdhvaloka, aka: Ūrdhvaloka, Urdhva-loka; 3 Definition(s)

Introduction

Urdhvaloka means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Ūrdhvaloka (ऊर्ध्वलोक).—The “upper world” or ūrdhvaloka is above mount Meru. Starting from below, this world can be divided into the following heavens:

  1. kalpa,
  2. graiveyaka,
  3. anudiśa,
  4. anuttara,
  5. siddhakṣetra.

The Śvetāmbaras do not acknowledge the anudiśa. The heavens of graiveyakas, anudiśas and anuttaras are also known as Kalpātīta heavens.

(Source): Google Books: Jaina Iconography
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

ūrdhvalōka (ऊर्ध्वलोक).—m (S) The worlds above; the several heavens. 2 (Popularly.) Swarga, the heaven of Indra.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ūrdhvalōka (ऊर्ध्वलोक).—m The world above, the heavens, the svarga.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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