Māllīnātha (Hindi: माल्लीनाथ Māllīnāth, Jain Prakrit: माल्लिणाह Mālliṇāha, "Lord Jasmine") was the 19th tīrthaṅkara "ford-maker" of the present avasarpiṇī age in Jainism. According to Jain beliefs, Mālliṇāha became a siddha - a liberated soul which has destroyed all of its karma. Śvētāmbara beliefs hold that Mālliṇāha was female, making her the only woman to become a tīrthaṅkara in the present age while Digambara consider him as a male.
Jain scriptures indicate Mālliṇāha was born at Mithila into the Ikshvaku dynasty to King Kumbha Raja and Queen Prabhavati Rani.
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