Kunthunatha

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Kunthunatha
17th Jain Tirthankara, 6th Chakravartin, 12th Kamadeva
Kunthunatha
Kunthunatha statue at Anwa, Rajasthan
Venerated in Jainism
Predecessor Shantinatha
Successor Aranatha
Symbol Goat[1]
Height 35 bows (105 metres)
Age over 95,000 years
Color Golden
Personal information
Born Hastinapur[2]
Died Shikharji
Parents
  • Surya (Sura) (father)
  • Sri devi (mother)

Kunthunath was the seventeenth Tirthankara, sixth Chakravartin[3] and twelfth Kamadeva of the present half time cycle, Avasarpini.[1][4] 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[3] in the Ikshvaku dynasty on the fourteenth day of the Vaishakh Krishna month of the Indian calendar.[4]

Etymology[edit]

Kunthu means heap of Jewels.[3]

Life[edit]

Like all other Chakravartin, he also conquered all the lands[3] 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.[3] At an age of 95,000 years he liberated his soul and attained Moksha on Mount Shikharji.[3]

Famous Temple[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Forlong 1897, p. 14.
  2. ^ Tandon 2002, p. 45.
  3. ^ a b c d e f von Glasenapp 1999, p. 308.
  4. ^ a b Tukol 1980, p. 31.

Sources[edit]

  • Johnson, Helen M. (1931), Kunthusvsmicaritra (Book 6.1 of the Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra), Baroda Oriental Institute
  • von Glasenapp, Helmuth (1 January 1999), Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 81-208-1376-6
  • Tukol, T.K. (1980), Compendium of Jainism, Dharwad: University of Karnataka
  • Forlong, Major-General J.G.R. (1897), Short Studies in the Science of Comparative Religions, 15 Piccadilly, London: B. Quaritch, Not in Copyright
  • Tandon, Om Prakash (2002) [1968], Jaina Shrines in India (1 ed.), New Delhi: Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, ISBN 81-230-1013-3

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