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Ācārya Bhikṣu

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1726–1803).

Founder of the Jain reforming sect, the Terapanth. He founded the Terapanth in 1759 on the basis of extreme discipline and rigour. He followed the life of a wandering...

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agnicayana

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The most complicated and atypical of the śrauta sacrifices; nearly one third of the Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa (where it is associated with the ṛṣi Śāṇḍilya) is devoted to its exposition....

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bhukti

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A word designating involvement in, and enjoyment of, the pleasures of the world. In the context of the specified outcomes of a vow or ritual practice, bhukti is usually considered the...

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Dharmaśāstra

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In the widest sense, the term designates not just the literature treated below, but also the Dharmasūtras, and the later commentaries and digests. However, it is most usually applied as the...

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Śaiva

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A member of one of the main branches of modern Hinduism, devoted to the worship of the god Shiva as the supreme being.

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upavāsa

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A common expression of religious commitment, undertaken as part of an ascetic regime, in fulfilment of particular vow (vrata), or simply in conformity to a specified calendrical fast day....

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