Vayukumara, Vāyukumāra, Vayu-kumara: 1 definition



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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Vāyukumāra (वायुकुमार) refers to a class of bhavanavāsin, which is a species of deva (gods), according to Jain cosmology. They are also known by the name Vātakumāra. The bhavanavāsins or bhaumeyika gods (e.g. the Vāyus) have a princely appearance (kumāra) and live in palaces (bhavana) and the upper part of the uppermost hell (ratnaprabhā).

The vāyus have an associated caityavṛkṣa (sacred-tree) known as the Rājadruma accoring to the Digambara and Dadhiparṇa according to Śvetāmbara. They are defined according to the cosmological texts, such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition, or the Trilokasāra in the Digambara tradition.

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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.

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