Yakshadvipa, aka: Yakṣadvīpa, Yaksha-dvipa; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Yakṣadvīpa can be transliterated into English as Yaksadvipa or Yakshadvipa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Yakṣadvīpa (यक्षद्वीप) is one of the continents (dvīpa) of the middle-world (madhyaloka), encircled by the ocean named Yakṣasamudra (or simply Yakṣa), according to Jain cosmology. The middle-world contains innumerable concentric dvīpas and, as opposed to the upper-world (adhaloka) and the lower-world (ūrdhvaloka), is the only world where humans can be born. Yakṣadvīpa is also known as plainly Yakṣa.

Yakṣadvīpa is recorded in ancient Jaina canonical texts dealing with cosmology and geography of the universe. Examples of such texts are the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapannatti and the Trilokasāra in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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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