Balabhadra

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This article is about illustrious person in Jainism. For Hindu deity, see Balarama.

In Jainism, Balabhadra are among the sixty three śalākāpuruṣa that are said to grace every half cycle of time. According to Jain cosmology, sixty-three illustrious beings, called śalākāpuruṣas, are born on this earth in every Dukhama-sukhamā ara. They comprise twenty-four tīrthaṅkaras, twelve chakravartins, nine balabhadra, nine narayana, and nine pratinarayana.[1] Their life stories are said to be most inspiring.[2] According to the Jain puranas, the Balabhadras lead an ideal Jain life.[3]

Nine Balabhadras[edit]

According to the Digambaras nine Balabhadras of the present half cycle of time (avasarpini) are:

  • Vijaya
  • Acala
  • Bhadra
  • Suprabha
  • Sudarśana
  • Nandisena
  • Nandimitra
  • Rāma
  • Balarama (elder brother of Krishna)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph 1997, p. 178.
  2. ^ Jain, Vijay K. (2015), Acarya Samantabhadra's Svayambhustotra: Adoration of The Twenty-four Tirthankara, Vikalp Printers, p. 199, ISBN 9788190363976, Non-Copyright 
  3. ^ Jain, Jagdish Chandra; Bhattacharyya, Narendra Nath (1994-01-01). Jainism and Prakrit in Ancient and Medieval India. p. 146. ISBN 9788173040511. 

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