|2nd Jain Tirthankara|
Lord Ajitanatha (Mathura Chaurasi)
|Height||450 bows (1,350 meters)|
|Age||72 lakh purva (508.032 x 1018 years old)|
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Ajitnatha (lit. invincible) was the second tirthankara of the present age, avasarpini (half time cycle) according to Jainism. He was born to King Jitashatru and Queen Vijaya at Ayodhya in the Ikshvaku dynasty. According to Jain beliefs, he became a siddha, a liberated soul which has destroyed all of its karma.
Ajitnatha was born in the town of Saketa to King Jitashatru and Queen Vijaya at Ayodhya in the Ikshvaku dynasty on magha-shukla-dashmi (the tenth day of the bright half of the month of Magha). His height was 450 dhanusha (1350 meters) and he lived for a span of 72 lakh purva.
As a historical figure
The Yajurveda mentions the name of Ajitanatha, but the meaning is not clear. According to Jain traditions, his younger brother was Sagara. Sagara, who became the second Chakravartin, is known from the traditions of both Hindu and Jain scriptures.
- From the Hindu source: Sagara is known to have had many sons. One of them was Bhagiratha, who brought the river Ganges.
- From the Jain source: In his last days, Sagara adopted the life of asceticism from Ajitanatha and retired from the worldly life.
Ajitnatha idol in Bhand Dewal along with Neminath and Shreyanasanatha dated back to 11th century
Ajitnath Tonk, Shikharji
Footprint at Ajitnath Tonk, Shikharji
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