Abhinandananatha, Abhinandananātha, Abhinandana-natha: 2 definitions


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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Abhinandananātha (अभिनन्दननाथ) is another name for Abhinandana, the fourth Tīrthaṅkara (Janism recognizes 24 such teachers or Siddhas). His colour is gold (kāñcana), according to Aparājitapṛcchā (221.5-7). His height is 350 dhanuṣa (a single dhanuṣa (or, ‘bow’) equals 6 ft), thus, roughly corresponding to 640 meters. His emblem, or symbol, is a Monkey.

Abhinandananātha’s father is Saṃvara and his mother is Siddhartha. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri).

Source: archive.org: The Jaina Iconography

Abhinandananātha (अभिनन्दननाथ) refers to the fourth of twenty-four Tīrthaṃkaras or Jinas, commonly depicted in Jaina iconography.—The fourth Tīrthaṃkara’s iconographic: marks may be gathered from the dilferent Jaina books in different contexts. His emblem or the so-called Lāñchana is an ape. The tree connected with his Kevala knowledge is Piyāla (Veśāli tree according to other texts). The Yakṣa believed to have been appointed by Indra, as in all cases, to serve him is named Īśvara and the Yakṣiṇī’s name is Kālī. The particular pose in which he is to appear in sculpture is called Khaḍgāsana i.e., standing posture.

In Jaina history of pontiffs, Abhinandananātha’s place is Ayodbyā. His father’s name is King Svayaṃvara and mother’s name Siddhārthā. He attained mokṣa accompanied by a thousand monks, as, indeed, did all the first eleven Tīrthaṃkaras except Supārśvanātha.

Abhinandananātha’s main symbol is a monkey. If we interpret hari, one of the dreams of Jina’s mothers, to stand for a monkey, the propriety of the emblem is explained. Hari also means a lion, which makes it a symbol of Mahāvīra. [...] The explanation of his name is given clearly enough in the Jaina books. According to it, he acquired the name of Abhinandana because he used to be honoured (Abhinandana) by Indra andothers.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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