|| Shree 1008 Shital-Nath Bhagwan ||
Details
Emblem :~
Shrivatsa or wishing tree
Father :~
Dridharatha
Mother :~
Sunanda
Birth Place :~
Bhadrikapuri
Place of Nirvan :~
Samet Sikhar
Color :~
Golden
Panch-Kalyanak
Conception :~
Chaitra Krishna, 8
Birth :~
Magh Krishna 12
Tap :~
Magh Krishna, 12
Keval Gyan :~
Posh Krishna 14
Salvation :~
Ashvin Shukla, 8
Father
Sri Dridhratha
Mother
Mata Nanda
Clan Name
Ikshvaku
Source of Descent
Pranat
Date of Descent (Garbha Kalyanaka)
Vaishakh Krishna Paksh 6
Place of Birth
Bhaddilpur
Date of Birth (Janma Kalyanaka)
Mangsar Krishna Paksh 12
Age
1 Lac Purva
Height
90 dhanusha (poles)
Body Colour
Golden
Place of Enlightenment
Bhaddilpur
Date of Enlightenment (Kevala Gyana Kalyanaka)
Paush Krishna Paksh 14
Date of Diksha (Diksha Kalyanaka)
Mangsar Krishna Paksh 12
Diksha Tree or Vat Vriksha
Priyangu
First person to donate food
Punarvasu
Period of Meditation
3 Years
Place of Nirvana
Sammed Shikharji
Date of Nirvana (Moksha Kalyanaka)
Vaishakh Krishna Paksh 2
Chief Disciple (Ganadhar)
Anand
Head of Female Ascetics
Suyasa
God of Organisation (Yaksh)
Brahma
Goddess of Organisation (Yakshini)
Ashoka
Heaven
Achyutadevaloka
No. of Muni
1,00,000
No. of Aryika
1,06,000
No. of Shravak
2,89,000
No. of Shravika
4,58,000
Life of Shree 1008 Shital-Nath Bhagwan

        The being that was to be Bhagavan Sheetalnath, in his previous but one birth was the king Padmottar of Sushima town in the Pushkarvar island. When his son reached adulthood the religious king gave his kingdom to the son and took Diksha from Tristadha Muni. Vigorous spiritual practices and worship of the pious souls as mentioned in the scriptures resulted in his acquiring the Tirthankar-nam-and-gotra-karma. Completing his age he reincarnated as the king of the Pranat dimension of gods.

In Bhaddilpur town in the sub-continent of Bharat, ruled king Dridhratha. In the womb of his queen, Nanda, descended the being that was Padmottar, when he completed his age in the dimension of gods. One day when early in the morning King Dridhratha was busy in his work when a dasi (maid) of queen came and asked if queen can come and meet him now. Dridhratha, agreed and asked her to come in his study. The queen went in there and quietly stood beside the king. He was lost in a book. King asked her the purpose of coming so she added that she had seen some very auspicious dreams early in the morning. It was like a chain of fourteen (sixteen according to the Digambar Jain Sect) great things. King immediately said that these dreams were like the same as Bhagvan Suvidhinath’s mother saw. This meant that she was going to give birth to a pioused soul who would become Tirthankar. On the tweflth day of the month of Magh (according to Hindu Calendar), Nanda Devi gave birth to baby boy.

One day during the pregnancy of queen, due to some strange ailment, king Dridhratha had high fever and acute burning sensation in his body. All the medicines, mantras, ointments were applied but Dridhratha could not feel a inch better. Queen was standing by his side and crying because she could not see the pain of her husband. Out of anxiety she put her hands on the head of the king and as if a miracle had happened. The moment queen pressed his head he got relief and he asked her put her hands on his shoulders too. To his own and everybody’s surprise wherever the queen touched, Dridhratha got relief. After this incident the king decided to name the new born as Sheetal (cool/calm).

From his childhood, Sheetalnath was a very decent child and very simple one. But he was famous for his obedience towards his parents. When he grew older he married at the request of his parents. He used to spend a lot of time in meditation and in the devotional works. One day King Dridhratha coronated his son as king and went in jungles to become an ascetic. King Sheetalnath was known for his planning and administration. All the neighboring kings use to come to him for advise and in the same process use to take some religious knowledge also.

One day King Sheetalnath was sitting alone and was lost in deep thoughts when he realized who he was in his past life and that he has come down to earth from the dimensions of the god. He felt upset that for how long will he keep on coming and going in the world. He decided to take diksha and achieve his ultimate target i.e. Nirvana/Moksha. He took permission from his mother, who already knew the day would come.

Sheetalnath transfered the responsibilities of the kingdom to his next generation and moved on his true ways. After a year’s donation of wealth he came out of the castle and removed his hair with his fist, removed all the worldly possessions, uttered the words “Namo Sidhanam” and disappeared in the crowd. Along with him thousands of other men and women, kings and servants did the same. The whole atmosphere was fragrant, musical and magical.

Omniscience and Nirvana

He spent three months continuously under a Pipal Tree and on the fourteenth day of the dark half of the month of Paush he attained omniscience (kevala gyana). For a long time he went place to place spreading knowledge and preaching people. On reaching Sammed shikharji he announced his one month fast, on dark half of the month of Vaishakh (according to the Hindu Calendar) he completed his fast as well as the circle of his life and death, he attained Nirvana.

Shree 1008 Shital-Nath Bhagwan Temples

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Sheetalnath Jain Temple, Kolkatta, West Bengal

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Shri Sheetalnath Temple, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan