Glossary

Bhaṭṭāraka
Type of termDefinition
TermBhaṭṭāraka
Alternative Termsbhattarak, Bhattaraka, bhaṭṭārakas
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Sankrit term meaning 'pontiff'. This title is given to a type of Digambara clergy who are not mendicants. Instead of practising the 'wandering life' – vihāra – of Jain monks and nuns, a bhaṭṭāraka stays in one place, living in a kind of monastery called a maṭha. There are several bhaṭṭārakas in south India, who lead the local Jain community.

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