|17th Jain Tirthankara, 6th Chakravartin, 12th Kamadeva|
Worship of Kunthu
|Kalyanaka / Important Events|
|Birth date||10194 years ago|
|Moksha place||Sammed Shikhar|
|Height||35 bows (105 metres)|
Kunthunath was the seventeenth Tirthankara, sixth Chakravartin and twelfth Kamadeva of the present half time cycle, Avasarpini. According to Jain beliefs, he became a siddha, a liberated soul which has destroyed all of its karma. Kunthunatha was born to King Sura (Surya) and Queen Sridevi at Hastinapur in the Ikshvaku dynasty on the fourteenth day of the Vaishakh Krishna month of the Indian calendar.
Kunthu means heap of Jewels.
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 of 95,000 years he liberated his soul and attained Moksha on Mount Shikharji.
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