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17th Jain Tirthankara, 6th Chakravartin, 12th Kamadeva
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Worship of Kunthu
Predecessor Shantinatha
Successor Aranatha
Dynasty/Clan Ikshvaku
Father Surya (Sura)
Mother Sri devi
Kalyanaka / Important Events
Birth date 10194 years ago
Birth place Hastinapura
Moksha place Sammed Shikhar
Complexion Golden
Symbol Goat [1]
Height 35 bows (105 metres)
Age 95,000 years
Attendant Gods
Yaksha Gandharva
Yakshini Achyuta

Kunthunath was the seventeenth Tirthankara, sixth Chakravartin[2] and twelfth Kamadeva of the present half time cycle, Avasarpini.[1][3] 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)[1] and Queen Sridevi at Hastinapur[2] in the Ikshvaku dynasty on the fourteenth day of the Vaishakh Krishna month of the Indian calendar.[3]


Kunthu means heap of Jewels.[2]


Like all other Chakravartin, he also conquered all the lands[2] 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.[2] At an age of 95,000 years he liberated his soul and attained Moksha on Mount Shikharji.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Forlong 1897, p. 14.
  2. ^ a b c d e f von Glasenapp 1999, p. 308.
  3. ^ a b Tukol 1980, p. 31.


  • Tukol, T. K. (1980), Compendium of Jainism, Dharwad: University of Karnataka