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

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General definition (in Jainism)

Vyantara (व्यन्तर).—The vyantaras represent a class of Gods (devas) comprising eight groups of deities that wander about the three worlds (adhaloka, madhyaloka and ūrdhvaloka).

The following are the eight groups of vyantaras:

  1. Piśāca,
  2. Bhūta,
  3. Yakṣa,
  4. Rākṣasa,
  5. Kiṃnara,
  6. Kiṃpuruṣa,
  7. Mahoraga,
  8. Gandharva.

Each group of deities is made up of different members and ruled over by two kings (indras), idintified by a colour, a symbol and a species of tree.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Vyantara (व्यन्तर).—The Vyantaras or Vāṇamantaras living in the Ratnaprabhā earth are divided into eight chief classes by both the sects (Digambara and Śvetāmbara). They are:

  1. Piśācas,
  2. Bhūtas,
  3. Yakṣas,
  4. Rākṣasas,
  5. Kinnaras,
  6. Kimpuruṣas,
  7. Mahoragas,
  8. Gandharvas.

The Tiloyapannatti further says that vyantara cities of the jambūdvīpa have various types of gṛhas namely sāmānyagṛha, caityagṛha, kadalīgṛha, garbhagṛha, latāgṛha, nādagṛha and āsanagṛha. In the beautiful palaces of the city are various types of seats, of the shape of elephants, lions, parrots, peacocks, crocodiles, eagles, swans etc.

The Prajñāpanā describes the general appearance of all the Vānamantaras or Vyantaras. They are of an unsteady nature attached to dance and music, adorned with vanamālās of various flowers, wearing garments of different colours, and used to taking different shapes and forms, smiling or laughing. They like love-quarrels and adorn their bodies with various ornaments such as the aṅgada, kuṇḍala, karṇapīṭha etc., and with marks of sandal pastes. they carry sword, mudgara (club), śakti (dark) and kunta (spear) in their hands.

Source: Google Books: Jaina Iconography

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