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Vaimānika, aka: Vaimanika; 4 Definition(s)

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Vaimānika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Vaimānika can be transliterated into English as Vaimanika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Vaimānika (वैमानिक).—Gods like Ādityas, Visvedevas, Sādhyas, Pitṛs, sages like Angiras and so on at the beginning of dāhakala;1 residents of tāra and gṛhas;2 at the commencement of Pralaya spring forth these gods, with planets and stars, with no social restrictions of caste or orders; went to Maharloka, Janaloka and lastly to Brahmaloka never to come back; appointed by the creator in different stations.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 29; Vāyu-purāṇa 7. 15.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 31.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 6. 16, 21.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Vaimānika (वैमानिक).—The Vaimānika gods and goddesses live in the various Kalpa and Kalpātīta heavens, noted in the outline of Jaina cosmography. The Prajñāpanā gives symbols of the crowns of the different classes of gods.

  1. Saudharma,
  2. Īśāna,
  3. Sanatkumāra,
  4. Māhendra,
  5. Brahmaloka,
  6. Lāntaka,
  7. Mahāśukra,
  8. Sahasrāra,
  9. Ānata,
  10. Prāṇata,
  11. Āraṇa,
  12. Acyuta.
Source: Google Books: Jaina Iconography

Vaimānika (वैमानिक).—One of the four species of devas (gods).—The Vaimānikas are divided into 2 chief classes: Kalpopannas (inhabitants of kalpas) and Kalpātītas (kalpa-less). Kalpa means abode of the gods.

Source: Google Books: The Doctrine of Karman in Jain Philosophy

Vaimānika (वैमानिक).—On the other side of the middle world (madhya-loka), the realm extends the third categories of divinities, that of the ‘gods of light’ (jyotikas). The fourth category, the vaimānikas normally live in the paradise or twelve levels (kalpas) of the upper world which is symbolizes by an animal, antelope, buffalo, boar, lion, goat, leopard, horse, elephant, snake, rhinoceros, bull and a type of antelope. Occasionally its member passes from one part of the world to another.

Source: Shodhganga: A cultural study on the jain western Indian illustrated manuscripts

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