Medicinal Plants and Jainism: Jain Tirthankaras And Trees

Published: 24.12.2015
Updated: 24.12.2015
  • It is interesting to note that all the 24 tirthankaras meditated under the trees and not any other place like caves or river banks etc. to get enlightenment.
  • There is so much importance of plants and their medicinal values in Jainism that all Tirthankaras of present (Avasarpani Era) got their enlightenment meditating under various trees of medicinal value.
  • The Tirthankaras and their respective Kewali Vrikshas (Trees) are given in the following Table.

Tirthankara

Emblem

Tree

1. Rishabhanatha or Adinath

Bullock

Bargad

2. Ajitanatha

Elephant

Semal

3. Sambhavanatha

Horse

Sal

4. Abhinandannatha

Monkey

Chir Pine

5. Sumatinatha

Curlew

Priyangu

6. Padmaprabha

Red Lotus

Priyangu

7. Suparshavanatha

Swastik

Siris

8. Chandraprabha

Crescent

Naga Kesar

9. Puṣpadanta/Suvidhinatha

Crocodile

Baheda

10. Shitalanatha

Wish Yielding Tree

Kalpvriksha

11.Shreyamshanatha

Rhinoceros

Tendu

12. Vasupuja

Buffalo

Patala

13. Vimalanatha

Pig

Jamun

14. Anantanatha

Porcupine

Peepal

15. Dharmanatha

Thunderbolt

Vishnukant

16. Santinatha

Deer

Nandi

17. Kunthunatha

Goat

Tendu

18. Aranatha

Fish

Mango

19. Mallinatha

Water Pot

Ashoka

20. Munisuvrata

Tortoise

Nag Champa

21. Naminatha

Blue Lotus

Bakula

22. Neminatha

Conch Shell

Kokam

23. Parshvanatha

Serpent

Dhau

24. Mahavira (Vardhamana)

Lion

Shal

The following pages show the name of the Tirthankara, the Kewali Vriksha (Tree) and its medicinal value.

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