Jain Tirthankar Statue in Telangana: 9th Century Jain Tirthankar Statue found in Karimnagar

By | June 13, 2020

Jain Tirthankar Statue in Telangana: 9th Century Jain Tirthankar Statue found in Karimnagar:

Jain Tirthankar Statue in Telangana

Telangana: The Jain Tirthankar, Rishabhanatha Statue was found in Telangana and it was dating back to eighth or ninth century was unearthed in an agricultural field in Kotlanarsimhulapalli village of Gangadhara mandal on Saturday.

The land owner Anjiah was found the statue while tilling his own land with a tractor and he immediately informed the village members and he was conducted pooja to the statue.

In Jainism, a tirthankara  is a saviour and spiritual teacher of the dharma (righteous path). The word tirthankara signifies the founder of a tirtha. which is a fordable passage across the sea of interminable births and deaths, the saṃsāra.

According to Jains, a tirthankara is an individual who has conquered the saṃsāra, the cycle of death and rebirth, on their own, and made a path for others to follow. After understanding the true nature of the self or soul, the Tīrthaṅkara attains Kevala Jnana (omniscience). The first Tirthankara founded Jainism. Tirthankara provides a bridge for others to follow the new teacher from saṃsāra to Mahaviraswami (liberation).

The word tirthankara signifies the founder of a tirtha which means a fordable passage across the sea of interminable births and deaths (called saṃsāra).Tirthankaras are variously called “Teaching Gods”, “Ford-Makers”, “Crossing Makers” and “Makers of the River-Crossing.

Jain texts propound that a special type of karma, the tīrthaṅkara nama-karma, raises a soul to the supreme status of a Tīrthaṅkara. Tattvartha Sutra, a major Jain text, lists sixteen observances which lead to the bandha (bondage) of this karma:

  • Purity of right faith
  • Reverence
  • Observance of vows and supplementary vows without transgressions
  • Ceaseless pursuit of knowledge
  • Perpetual fear of the cycle of existence
  • Giving gifts (charity)
  • Practising austerities according to one’s capacity
  • Removal of obstacles that threaten the equanimity of ascetics
  • Serving the meritorious by warding off evil or suffering
  • Devotion to omniscient lords, chief preceptors, preceptors, and the scriptures
  • Practice of the six essential daily duties
  • Propagation of the teachings of the omniscient
  • Fervent affection for one’s brethren following the same path.

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