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Kundakunda means something in Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: academia.edu: The epoch of the Mahavira-nirvana

Acharya Kundakunda (567-483 BCE) was one of the most revered acharyas of the Digambaras. Acharya Kundakunda was born in the Kundakundapura village of Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. He was also known as Padmanandi. He belonged to Mula Sangha of Digambaras. According to an inscription of Sravanabelagola, Maghanandi II was the guru of Jinachandra Suri and Jinachandra Suri was the guru of Padmanandi (Kundakunda). In Pattavalis, it is mentioned that Gunachandra was the disciple of Maghanandi II and Kundakunda was the disciple of Gunachandra. Jayasena, a commentator on Panchastikaya Prabhrita of Kundakunda, mentions that Padmanandi or Kundakunda was the disciple of Kumaranandi.

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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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Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

Kundakunda is the name of a clan mentioned in the “Bamaṇī stone inscription of Vijayaditya”. Accordingly, “... the holy Māghanandi-siddhāntadeva, who is praised by the whole world, (who is) a disciple of the sage Kulachandra and is the Sun to the Kundakunda clan (and) who is the preceptor of the Caitya temple of the holy Rūpanārāyaṇa at Kṣullakapura belonging to the Pustaka Gaccha of the Mūla-Saṅgha and Deśīyagaṇa”.

This inscription (mentioning Kundakunda) is on a stone near the door of a Jaina temple at Bāmaṇī, a village 25 miles south-west of Kāgal, the chief town of the Kāgal-tālukā in the Kolhāpur District. It records the grant made by Vijayāditya of a field, a flower-garden, and a house, in the village Maḍalūra in the district of Paṇaturagegolla. It was made on the occasion of a lunar eclipse, on Friday, the full-moon tithi of Bhādrapada, in the cyclic year Pramoda, when 1073 Śaka years had elapsed.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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