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Jain Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters
Ambaread more »
AmbaraGods of the underworld who torture the wicked dead by cutting the flesh from their bones. At times, called Ambara.
AsipalaGods of the underworld. These beings torture the wicked dead, slashing them with knives. Sometimes referred to as Asipala.
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Bhavanavasi10 young-looking deities. These are listed as Agnikumara, Asurakumara, Dikkumara, Dvipakumara, Nagakumara, Stanitakumara, Suparnakumara, Udadhikumara, Vayukumara and Vidyutkumara. At times, identified as Bhavanavasi.
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CakresvariA goddess of learning, a messenger-goddess. One of 12 vidyadevi. One of 24 Sasanadevatas. Known as Cakresvari.
ChandraprabhaThe eighth tirthankara. He is depicted with five faces representing the phases of the moon. In some lore, occasionally called Chandraprabha, Lord of the Moon, Lord of the Moon, Shiva or Somanatha.
devalokaPart of Kalpa, the uppermost region of the universe. Kalpa is divided into sixteen separate devalokas or heavens. In some accounts, referred to as devaloka, Svarga, Svarga, Indra-Loka, Nandana, Suarga, Svar-Loka, Svarga-Loka, svark, Swarga, Trayastrimsa, Devaloka, Jarog, Rarach, Rarog, Svar(ga)-Loka or Buddhist Trayastrimsa.
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IsatpragbharaA paradise for perfect souls. This realm is said to have the shape of an umbrella and lies just below Sila. Sometimes known as Isatpragbhara.
KaivalyaA state of perfect isolation. When a devout Jain dies, his soul (jiva) attains this state and exists for ever. Sometimes called Kaivalya.
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KalpathithaOne of the upper realms of the universe. This region is made up of fourteen separate dwellings for the deities. Sometimes known as Kalpathitha.
KalpavrkshaThe trees that provided all human. Needs in the early ages. In some lore, occasionally identified as Kalpavrksha, Kalpavriksha, Kalpavriksha, 'wishing trees' or 'wishing trees'.
kayotsargaDismissal of physical concerns in favour of those of the spirit. At times, identified as kayotsarga.
KharasvaraGods of the underworld. These beings torture the wicked dead by forcing their bodies into thornbushes. Also commonly known as Kharasvara.
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KusmandiAn earth-goddess. She was said to have appeared in 983 to indicate the spot where a huge statue of Gommateshvara was buried. Also identified as Kusmandi.
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MahakaliA goddess of learning. One of the 16 vidyadevis. At times, identified as Mahakali, Kali, Kali, Black One, The, Kamakhya, Ambi(ka), Ankalamman, Anna-Purna, Bhadrakali, Bhagavati, Bhavani, Bhimadevi, Bhramari, Bhuta-Nayaki Black One, Devi, Dewi, Digambara, Durga, Gana-Nayaki, Gauri, Girija, Ishani, Kali Ma, Kamaks(h)i, Kanyakumari, Kapalini, Karala, Karali, Kotari, Karna-Moti, Katyayani, Kirati, Kumari, Mahadevi, Mahes(h)vari, Mahisha-Mardini, Parvati, Pinga, Pitari, Raktadanti, Rudrani, Sati, Shakti, Simha-Vahini, The Black One, Uma, Vijaya, Javanese Ambu Dewi, Lara Jonggrang, Ratu Lara Kidul, Pacific Batari or Canda.
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MeghamalinA monster attacking the twenty-third. Tirthankara, Parshva. In some accounts, identified as Meghamalin.
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PratisvasudevaAn evil spirit. Several of these beings, opposing Baladeva and Vasudeva, are said to appear in each earthly period. On occassion, called Pratisvasudeva.
Rishabharead more »
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SamaGods of the underworld. These beings torture the wicked dead, beating them with sticks. Also known as Sama, Sam, Sam or Sama.
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TrishalaWife of Siddhartha. Mother of Mahavira. Mahavira, while still an embryo, was transferred to Trishala from the womb of Devananda. At times, identified as Trishala, Trisala or Trisala.
VaimanikaThe gods inhabiting the vaimana, the flying palace of the gods. Also referred to as Vaimanika.
VajrasrnkhalaA goddess of learning. One of the vidyadevis. Sometimes called Vajrasrnkhala, Amoghasiddhi, Amoghasiddhi, Dhanada, Kamaheruka, Kharmaheruka, Mahamayuri, Mahasritara, Sitatara, Vasya-tara, Vishvapani, Hindu Indra, Japanese Fuku-joju, Shaka, Tibetan Don-yod-grub-pa or Donyo-dup-pa.
ValuGods of the underworld. These beings, who live in Valuka, torture the wicked dead by burying them in hot sand. Sometimes called Valu.
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VetaraniGods of the underworld. These beings torture the wicked dead by hurling them against rocks. Some say Vetarani is a realm of hell. Sometimes identified as Vetarani.
vyantaraOne of the demons living in Patala. A more terrible version of this demon is known as vana-vyantara. Sometimes identified as vyantara, vana-vyantara or vana-vyantara.
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