Branch of Kharatara Gaccha

Posted: 04.09.2016
 
The tradition of Varddhamāna Sūri propagated and aggrandised Jina Order up to its 7th successor pontiff (1 Varddhamāna Sūri, 2 Jineśwara Sūri, 3. Abhayadeva Sūri, 4 Jinavallabha Sūri, 5 Jinadatta Sūri, 6 Jinacandra Sūri and 7 Jinapati Sūri) and also remained unified as a single unit. This tradition later came to be known as Kharatara gaccha. Jineśwara Sūri II, the disciple and pontiff successor of...

Bibliography

Posted: 12.07.2015
 
Agrawala, R.C. n.d. "Iconography of the Jain Goddess Saccika." The Jaina Antiquary 21 (No. 1): 13-20. Ames, M.M. 1966. "Ritual Prestations and the Structure of the Sinhalese Pantheon." In M. Nash et al., eds., Anthropological Studies in Theravada Buddhism , pp. 27-50. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies. Arunvijayji Maharaj, Pu. Muniraj. n.d. Karm kiGati Nyari , Caturmasik...

The Quality of Miracles

Posted: 29.06.2015
 
A survey of these tales of conversion and clan formation reveals that thematically they are very much like the Osiya legend; the major differences are in the details. As in the Osiya legends, the theme of an ascetic's miraculous power is central. The convert-to-be, usually a king of some kind, finds himself in serious difficulty. A Jain mendicant overcomes the difficulty in a miraculous fashion, and the...

Ascetics as Gods

Posted: 18.06.2015
 
If we focus solely on the worshipers, there is hardly any difference at all between the worship of the Dadagurus and the Tirthankars. Here those who worship are the same lay men and women playing the same role as admirers and supporters of ascetics. We are dealing, that is, with the same basic ritual culture. But there is nonetheless a striking contrast. The Dadagurus are in some ways very Tirthankar-like...

A Ritual Subculture

Posted: 16.06.2015
 
Worship of the Dadagurus is extremely popular among Jaipur's Svetambar Jains. In fact, their worship is the principal religious activity of many Jains, and even members of the nontemple-going sects (the Sthanakvasis and Terapanthis) sometimes visit their shrines. Although in some ways Jinkusalsuri is the most popular of the four, they in fact blend into a single, generic Dadagurudev. The reason for the...

Jinkusalsuri

Posted: 14.06.2015
 
The third Dadaguru, Jinkusalsuri, was born in 1280 in the Marwari village of Garh Sivana. His name was Karman and his clan was Chajer. As it happens, his paternal uncle was an acarya named Jincandrasuri (not to be confused with Jincandrasuri" Manidhari"),who at that time was the leader of the Khartar Gacch. The boy fell under his uncle's influence, and in the year 1920 (some sources say 1288) he took initiation...

Dadagurudevs

Posted: 10.06.2015
 
The worship of deceased ascetics of note is a central feature of the religious life of Svetambar Jains associated with the Khartar Gacch. Of these the most important by far are the figures known as Dadagurus or Dadagurudevs. The Dadagurus are past Khartar Gacch acaryas who are singled out from others because of their roles as defenders and reformers of Jainism, and as miracle workers and creators of new Jains...

Magical Monks A Ritual Subculture

Posted: 07.06.2015
 
It is time to return to the temple complex at Mohan Bari in Jaipur where we observed Parsvanath's five- kalyanak puja . This is not the community's most important temple, but it is of great interest to us because it exhibits a range of diverse ritual subtraditions in close physical juxtaposition. As we know, the main shrine is dedicated to Rsabh; here he is represented (unusually for a Tirthankar) by a pair of...

Rajasthan ►Malpura ►Malpura Dadabadi

Posted: 07.05.2015
 
Idols and foot print of Dadaguru Jin Kushal Suri in Malpura Dadabadi Main foot print of Dadaguru Jin Kushal Suri in Malpura Dadabadi Exclusive Ruby gemstone idol of Jin Kushal Suri in Malpura Dadabadi Sri Jineshwar Suri, founder of Khartar Gachchh sec of Swetambar Jain Sri Jin Dutt Suri, first Dadaguru Dadaguru Jin Kushal Suri idol Dadaguru Sri Jin Chandra Suri who preached Mogul emperor Akbar Malpura Dadabadi,...

Malpura Dadabari

Posted: 07.05.2015
 
Jin Kushal Suri Dadabari, Malpura Coordinates: 26°17'8"N 75°22'11"E https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer Malpura Dadabari Malpura is main pilgrimage centre of Dada Jin Kushal Suri, a famous acharya of Khartar Gacch sect of Swetambar Jain. Vasupujya Swami Temple and Ambika Devi temple are also situated at Dadabadi premises. This pilgrimage centre is managed by Jain Shwetambar Khartar Gacch Sangh,...