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Aranatha


Aranath was the eighteenth Jain Tirthankar of the present half cycle of time (Avasarpini).[1] He was also the seventh Chakravartin[2] and thirteenth Kamadeva. According to Jain beliefs, he was born around 16,584,980 BCE. He became a siddha i.e a liberated soul which has destroyed all of its karmas. Aranath was born to King Sudarshan and Queen Devi (Mitra) at Hastinapur in the Ikshvaku dynasty.[1] His birth date was the tenth day of the Migsar Krishna month of the Indian calendar.

Life

Like all other Chakravartin, he also conquered all the lands[2] 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.[2] At an age of 84,000 years he and attained Moksha (liberation) on Mount Shikharji.

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