|18th Jain Tirthankara, 7th Chakravartin, 13th Kamadeva|
Images of Tirthankara (Gwalior Fort)
Devi (Mitra) (mother)
|Born||after 16,585,000 BCE
|Moksha date||before 16,500,000 BCE|
|Moksha place||Sammed Shikhar|
|Symbol||Fish (as per Digambar Sect) Nandavarta (as per Swetember Sect)|
|Height||30 bows (90 metres)|
|Age||over 84,000 years|
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Aranath was the eighteenth Jain Tirthankar of the present half cycle of time (Avasarpini). He was also the seventh Chakravartin and thirteenth Kamadeva. According to Jain beliefs, he was born around 16,585,000 BCE. He became a siddha i.e a liberated soul which has destroyed all of its karmas. Aranath was born to King Sudarshan and Queen Devi (Mitra) at Hastinapur in the Ikshvaku dynasty. His birth date was the tenth day of the Migsar Krishna month of the Indian calendar.
Like all other Chakravartin, he also conquered all the lands and went to write his name on the foothills of mountains. Seeing the names of other Chakravartin already there, he saw his ambitions dwarfed. He then renounced his throne and became an ascetic for penance. At an age over 84,000 years he and attained Moksha (liberation) on Mount Shikharji.
O Passionless Lord Aranatha! Your physical form which is free from all vestiges of ornaments, clothes and weapons, and the embodiment of unalloyed knowledge, control of the senses, and benevolence, is a clear indication that you have vanquished all blemishes.— Svayambhustotra (18-2-12)
- Chaturmukha Basadi is a famous Jain temple located at Karkala in the Indian state of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Tirthankara Aranatha, Mallinath and Munisuvratnath.
- Prachin Bada Mandir, Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh
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