Vyaghrasimha, Vyāghrasiṃha, Vyaghra-simha: 1 definition


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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Vyāghrasiṃha (व्याघ्रसिंह) is the name of an ancient king from Cakrapura, according to chapter 6.1 [kunthusvāmi-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“[...] The Lord (i.e., Kunthu) got out of the palanquin, abandoned his ornaments, etc., and became a mendicant together with a thousand kings, while observing a two-day fast, on the fifth day of the black half of Vaiśākha in the afternoon, (the moon being) in the Kṛttikās. He attained the fourth knowledge called ‘mind-reading.’ On the next day the Master broke his fast with rice-pudding in the house of King Vyāghrasiṃha in the city Cakrapura. The five things, the stream of treasure, et cetera, were made there by the gods; but a platform of jewels was made by Vyāghrasiñha on the place of the Lord’s feet”.

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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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