Posted: 17.07.2010
 
Transfer of Embryo view full size This painting relates to an event, which took place before the birth of Mahavira. He was first conceived by a Brahmin woman Devananda. When Sakra (indra) realized that Mahavira's parents were not Kshatriya, as is always the case of Tirthankara, he had the embryo of Mahavira transferred to the womb of Trishala, queen of King Siddharth, by Hiranegameshi, the commander of Sahra's...
Posted: 17.07.2010
 
Shri Siddha Chakra view full size Vase-shape mandala painted in brown has Arhat in the centre. The other four Arhats (Tirthankara), Siddha (liberated one), Acharya (mendicant leader), Upadhyaya (mendicant preceptor) and Sadhu (mendicant) are seated in the petals of the four cardinal directions. The rest of the four petals are blank. There are small shrines in all the four corners of the painting. King Shripala...
Posted: 16.07.2010
 
Vardhamana Vidya Yantra Pata view full size Like Samavasarana it has three enclosure walls opening through four gates in four directions. Except the gates rest of the yantra is without any engraving focusing on the main theme and purpose of the yantra. Tirthankara Mahavira, to whom all the prayers are ultimately directed, is sitting in the centre of the yantra with the sacred syllable - Hrim, largely written...
Posted: 15.07.2010
 
Sahasrafana Parshvanatha Pata view full size Sahasrafana Parshvanatha literally means Parshvanatha with a thousand snakehoods over his head. The theme of the painting is about Tirthankara Parshvanatha, Yaksha Dharanendra and Yakshini Padmavati is shown in varied and intricate composition. The episode took place when Parshvanatha was standing in deep meditation and Meghamalin showered torrential rains on him...
Posted: 14.07.2010
 
Shri Vardhamana Vidya Samavasarana Brihat Pata Samavasarana Painting view full size The galleries of the Samavasarana are indicated by three forts with big gates and a flight of steps each. The galleries are clean and uncluttered, suggesting the type of occupants by members of various species. The innermost area is meant for gods, monks and worshippers. Tirthankara Mahavira is shown seated in the centre of the...
Posted: 13.07.2010
 
Nandishvaradvipa combined with Shri Namaskara Mahamantra and Sarvatobhadra view full size The island of Nandishvaradvipa is an island of delight for the gods with gardens of various designs. Gods celebrate the birth of the Tirthankaras on this island. Its composition and placement of various shrines are described in detail in the treatises on Jaina cosmology. 108 eternal statues of the Tirthankaras adorn the...
Posted: 11.07.2010
 
Surimantra Pata view full size Surimantra is generally worshipped by monks who aim at attaining the spiritual heights of Gautamaswami, who was one of the main disciples of Tirthankara Mahavira. There is a big lotus mandala encircling 24 Tirthankaras. On top of this circle is the sacred syllable "Hrim". Just below that panel are 16 petals containing different mantras. The second circular panel depicts images of...
Posted: 10.07.2010
 
Brihad Siddha Chakra view full size The Siddhachakra is one of the most popular yantras depicted here as a full-blown lotus inside two concentric circles, consisting of over a hundred petals. The five great supreme beings namely the Arhat, Siddha, Acharya, Upadhyaya and Sadhu all are helpful in our voyage to self-discovery illustrated in the centre. The Arhat occupies the centre. The other four petals contain...
Posted: 09.07.2010
 
Brihad Surimantra Pata view full size Surimantra is also known as Mantraraja (the King of Mantras). The Surimantra and its pata are given to the mendicant (Sadhu) at time of his promotion to the level of Suri (leader of Mendicants), by his guru. Surimantra pata is based on the Pancha Namokara Mahamantra consisting of paying homage to the five great supreme beings namely Arhats (Tirthankara), Siddha (liberated...
Posted: 08.07.2010
 
Bhaktamara Mahayantra view full size There are very few Jain homes without the Bhaktamara stotra book. Bhaktamara stotra provides protection from fright-worldly and/or spiritual - to the devotees. It consists of 44/48 verses for different purposes. Generally these are in diagrammatic form. The prayer is addressed to Rishabhadeva, the first Tirthankara, who is inscribed in the centre of the yantra. Two other...

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