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24 Tirthankars


Below are the details of the present 24 Tirthankars in the Bharatkshetra of Jambudweep.

1. Shri Rishabdev (Adinath)

Heaven before Birth : Sarvarthasiddha
Father : King Nabhi
Mother : Marudevi
Birthplace : Vinittanagari, Palitana
Complexion : Golden
Symbol : Ox / Bull
Height : 500 Dhanusha
Age : 8,400,000 Purva
Diksha Tree : Vata (Banyan)
Yaksha : Gomukha
Yakshini : Chakresvari
Place of Nirvana : Ashtapad

Kalyanaks


Chyavan : Jeth Vad 4
Janma : Fagan Vad 8
Diksha : Fagan Vad 8
Keval Gyan : Maha Vad 11
Moksha : Posh Vad 13

Mystery behind the name


He had a sign of an ox on his thigh. The mother Marudeva saw 14 dreams, of which the first was that of an ox. He started the religion after a time span of 18 koda Kodi Sagaropam (Sagaropam itself is almost an innumerable number, therefore 18 KodaKodi sagaropam is a countless number). Therefore, he was also known as Ādinath (The first one).

2. Shri Ajitnath

Heaven before Birth : Vijayavimana
Father : King Jitshatru
Mother : Vijaya Rani
Birthplace : Ayodhya, Shikharji
Complexion : Golden
Symbol : Elephant
Height : 450 Dhanusha
Age : 7,200,000 Purva
Diksha Tree : Sala (Shorea Robusta)
Yaksha : Mahayaksha
Yakshini : Ajitabala
Place of Nirvana : Shikharji

Kalyanaks


Chyavan : Vaisakh Sud 13
Janma : Maha Sud 8
Diksha : Maha Sud 9
Keval Gyan : Posh Sud 11
Moksha : Chaitra Sud 5

Mystery behind the name


The parents of Lord Ajit would always involve themselves in games and sports. Each time they did so, the father invariably won the game against his mother. But after the conception of lord Ajit his mother would always win the games. Thus she named him ‘Ajit’ or the unconquered one.

3. Shri Sambhavnath

Heaven before Birth : Uvarimagraiveka
Father : Jitari
Mother : Senamata
Birthplace : Savathi, Sravasti
Complexion : Golden
Symbol : Horse
Height : 400 Dhanusha
Age : 6,000,000 Purva
Diksha Tree : Prayala
Yaksha : Trimukha
Yakshini : Prajnapti
Place of Nirvana : Samet Shikhar

Kalyanaks


Chyavan : Fagan Sud 8
Janma : Magsar Sud 14
Diksha : Magasar Sud 15
Keval Gyan : Asho Vad 5
Moksha : Chaitra Sud 5

Mystery behind the name


When the Lord Sambhav was conceived the production of grains increased and there was much prosperity. There were no droughts or famine.  Hence he was called Sambhav or possible.

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Lord Rishabhdev’s Initiation

Lord Rishabhdevs Initiation
The Master then summoned his vassals, etc., from all quarters; and Bharata and his other sons, Bahubali, etc. The Lord addressed Bharata, “Son, take our kingdom. Now I intend to assume the sovereignty of self-restraint.” At this speech of the Master, Bharata stood for a moment with his face downcast; then bowed, his hands folded together, and spoke in a choked voice: “Even as there is happiness for me in falling before the foot-stool of your lotus-feet, so there is none for me seated on the jeweled lion-throne, O Master. Even as there is happiness for me running on foot before you, O Lord, so there is none for me mounted on the shoulder of a pleasure elephant. Continue reading “Lord Rishabhdev’s Initiation” »

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Founding of Vidyadhara Cities

Founding of Vidyadhara Cities
Now, the sons of Kaccha and Mahakaccha, Nami and Vinami by name, men of good training, had gone previously to distant foreign countries at the Master’s command. Returning by the road through this forest, they saw their fathers, and reflected: “Why have our fathers come to such a state, as if they were without a lord, when Vrsabhanatha is their lord? Then they had garments of Chinese silk; now garments of bark suitable for Kiratas. Then there was ointment on their bodies; now dust suitable for animals. Then their hair was coiled with wreaths; now it is matted like a fig-tree. Then they rode on elephants; now they go on foot like foot-men.” Continue reading “Founding of Vidyadhara Cities” »

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Bhagwan Parshvanath – Diksha Kalyanak

Bhagwan Parshvanath Renouncing

Date: 21st December, 2011
Tithi: Magshar Vad 11

Parshva, the Blessed One, knew that the fruit of his own pleasure-karma had been consumed and set his mind on mendicancy. As if knowing his intentions, the Lokantika gods came at that time and announced to Parshva, “Lord, found a congregation.” Then the Master began to give gifts for a year with money furnished by the Jrmbhakas instructed by Vaisravana. Continue reading “Bhagwan Parshvanath – Diksha Kalyanak” »

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Eleventh Incarnation as Vajranabha – Part 1

Eleventh Incarnation as Vajranabha   Part 1
In the continent Jambudvipa, in the East Videhas, in the province Puskalavati in the vicinity of the Ocean, in the city Pundarikini, they were born in succession as the five sons of King Vajrasena by his wife Dharini. Among them the soul of the doctor was the first son, named Vajranabha, indicated by fourteen great dreams. The soul of the prince was the second, named Bahu. The minister’s son was named Subahu. The Souls of the sons of the merchant and trader were named Pitha and Mahapitha; and the soul of Kesava became a Rajput, Suyasas. Suyasas was devoted to Vajranabha even from childhood. Continue reading “Eleventh Incarnation as Vajranabha – Part 1” »

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Division of time and description of the Golden Age

Division of time and description of the Golden Age
Then Sagara and Priyadarsana were born in the form of twins in the southern part of Bharataksetra in Jambudvipa, in the middle part of the space between the Gangas and Sindhu, in the third period in avasarpini, when there was the eighth part of a palya remaining. In the five Bharata- and Airavata-zones the twelve-spoked wheel of time is the basis of the law of time. Time is two-fold from the division into avasarpini and utsarprni. There are six spokes in avasarpini, beginning with Ekantasusama (Pure Bliss). Continue reading “Division of time and description of the Golden Age” »

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Ninth Incarnation as a physician Jivananda

Ninth Incarnation as a physician Jivananda
After he had enjoyed pleasures unceasingly, the soul of Vajrajangha fell from the exhaustion of his life-span, Just as a snow-ball melts in the sun. In Jambudvipa in the Videhas, in the city Ksitipratisthita, he was born as the son, named Jivananda, of the physician Suvidhi. At the same time in this city four other boys were born, like pieces of Dharma joined to bodies. Among them, one was the son, named Mahidhara, of King Isanacandra by his wife Kanakavati. Continue reading “Ninth Incarnation as a physician Jivananda” »

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Seventh & Eighth Incarnation

Seventh & Eighth Incarnation
SEVENTH INCARNATION
In the seventh incarnation, they were born as twins in the Uttarakurus. Then they were born among the Uttarakurus as twins, for the same fate results to those who have died with the same thought. Continue reading “Seventh & Eighth Incarnation” »

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Sixth Incarnation as Vajrajangha – Part 2

Sixth Incarnation as Vajrajangha   Part 2
Just then Vajrajangha came from the city Lohargala, saw the events painted in the picture, and swooned. Fanned with fans, sprinkled with water, he got up. Recollection of his former birth took place, as if he had just come from heaven. Questioned by Pandita, “Why did you swoon, O Prince, when you saw this painting?” Vajrajangha said: “This painting is the life of my wife and myself in a former birth, madam. When I saw it, I fainted. This is the holy heaven Isana, and this the palace Sriprabha. Here am I named Lalitanga, and that is my wife, Svayamprabha. Here in Dhatakikhanda, having descended in Nandigrama, she, named Nirnamika, was born in the house of a poor man. Continue reading “Sixth Incarnation as Vajrajangha – Part 2” »

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Sixth Incarnation as Vajrajangha – Part 1

Sixth Incarnation as Vajrajangha   Part 1
Then he was born as the son of King Suvarnajangha and Queen Laksmi in Jambudvipa,, in the East Videhas, near the Ocean on the north bank of the big river Sita, in the province Puskalavati, in the city Lohargala. Then with delight blossoming forth, on an auspicious day the happy parents gave him the name of Vajrajangha. In a short time Svayamprabha, afflicted by grief, devoted to works of Dharma, also fell like Lalitanga. In this same province in the city Pundarikini, she became the daughter of the Cakrin Vajrasena and his wife Gunavati. She was endowed with beauty surpassing all the world, and was named Srimati by her parents. Cared for by nurses like a creeper by women-gardeners, she grew up gradually, her body delicate and her hands like shining blossoms. As a jewel adorns a gold ring, youth adorned her making the sky blossom, as it were, with her glossy beauty. Continue reading “Sixth Incarnation as Vajrajangha – Part 1” »

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