Glossary

Prati-vāsudeva
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TermPrati-vāsudeva
Alternative TermsPrati-vāsudevas, prati-vasudeva, prati-vasudevas, Prativāsudeva, Prativāsudevas, Prativasudeva, Prativasudevas
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One of the five types of 'great men' – śalākā-puruṣas or mahā-puruṣas – in Jain Universal History. In the part of the universe where humans live, nine Prati-vāsudevas are born in each progressive and regressive half-cycle of time. Each one personifies the forces of evil and battles his mortal enemy, one of the Vāsudevas. After the Vāsudevas kill them, the Prati-vāsudevas are reborn in hell. Prati-vāsudevas are also known as Prati-nārāyaṇa and Prati-śatru.

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