Kumarpal

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Kumarpal (1143–1172 AD), son of Tribhuvanpal Solanki, was a famous ruler of the Solanki dynasty of Gujarat at Patan, Anahilavada, India.[1] During his reign, Jainism became prominent in Gujarat.[1] He was a devoted disciple of the great Jain polymath Acharya Hemachandra.[2] Under the influence of "Kali Kal Sarvagya" Hemchandracharya, he banned all kinds of cruelty against any living being in his kingdom and thus, laid the foundation of a great kingdom based on the principles of Ahimsa. Kumarpal was a brave ruler who successfully fought many battles. Under the advice of his Guru, he was responsible for restoring ruined temple of Somnath.[3] He also built several Jain Temples, including the temple at Taranga and Mount Girnar. He also constructed Somnath Temple in Pali, Rajasthan. Udayan Mehta, a very wise, brave and influential jain businessman from Khambhat was his chief minister who had assisted Kumarpal in becoming king after the death of his uncle, King Siddharaj Jaisingh; Saddharaj disliked Kumarpal during his lifetime and made an attempt on his life. Kumarpal was also called Gurjareshwar.[4] Period under his ruling was amongst the golden era of Gujarat where trade, culture, literature and other forms of learning greatly flourished. He died within 6 months of death of his Guru Hemchandracharya.

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  • Kumarpala Rasa, written 1425 CE[5]

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  1. ^ a b Bhanwarlal Nathuram Luniya (1978). Life and culture in medieval India. Kamal Prakashan. p. 385. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ G. K. Ghosh; Shukla Ghosh (1 January 2000). Ikat textiles of India. APH Publishing. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-81-7648-167-0. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Edalji Dosábhai (1894). A history of Gujarát: from the earliest period to the present time. United Print. and General Agency. pp. 35–. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Anjali Desai (2006). India Guide Gujarat. India Guide Publications. pp. 227–. ISBN 978-0-9789517-0-2. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Kastoor Chand Kasliwal (1967). Jaina grantha bhandārs in Rājasthān. Shri Digamber Jain Atishaya Kshetra Shri Mahavirji. p. 95. Retrieved 26 May 2011.