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8th Jain Tirthankara
Chanda prabhu bhagwan in chandni chowk jain mandir.jpg
Alternate name: Chandraprabhu
Historical date: 10^219 Years Ago
Father: Mahasena
Mother: Lakshmana
Dynasty: Ikshvaku
Birth: Chandrapuri
Nirvana: Shikharji
Colour: White
Symbol: Crescent Moon
Height: 150 dhanusha (450 meters)
Age At Death: 1,000,000 purva (70.56 Quintillion Years Old)
Attendant Gods
Yaksha: Vijaya
Yaksini: Jvala

In Jainism, Chandraprabhu was the eighth Tirthankara of the present age or Avasarpini.[1] According to Jain beliefs, he became a siddha, a liberated soul which has destroyed all of its karma. Chandraprabhu was born to King Mahasena and Queen Lakshmana Devi at Chandrapuri to the Ikshvaku dynasty.[1] His birth-date was the twelfth day of the Posh Krishna month of the Indian calendar.

Main temples[edit]

1. Chandravati, about 30 km from Benares (India) - It is an ancient temple standing on the banks of the river Ganga and is believed to be about 300–400 years old.

2. Sowcarpet, Chennai - This beautiful temple of white marble is located in Mint Street in the Sowcarpet locality of Channai (India). This temple though quite new derives inspiration from the famous Dilwara temples of Mount Abu.

3. The Nagaraja Temple in Kanyakumari district after which the town Nagercoil got its name was a Jain temple. Recently unearthed inscriptions establish that it was indeed a Jain temple until the mid 16th century AD. It was slowly transformed into a Hindu temple.

Nāga (snake god) a famous local deity for all classes of society and Jains were ready to accommodate the beliefs of the local people along with theirs. The local deities were thus included in their ways of worship as devas. They worshipped Nagaraja alias Darnendra, the Sasana devata and Yakshan is the guarding angel of Parasuvanatha, the 23rd Theerthangara

British collector stated that it was a Chandraprabha temple and is famous for ayurvedic treatment. T. A. Gopinatah Rao, an eminent epigraphist and archaeologist, reported that the descendants of Jain monks were living within the premises of the temple until 1900. Besides the inscriptions, one can find bas-reliefs of Maha Vira Varthamana, the 24th Theerthankara, Parasuvanatha the 23rd Theerthankara, his yakshi Padmavathy, Ambika yakshi, Aruhans and probably that of Adi Bhagavan and Neminatha as well, according to the local people living in and around Nagaraja temple.

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  1. ^ a b Tukol, T. K. (1980). Compendium of Jainism. Dharwad: University of Karnataka.  p.31