In Jainism, Chandraprabha was the eighth Tirthankara of Avasarpini (present half cycle of time as per Jain cosmology). Chandraprabhu was born to King Mahasena and Queen Lakshmana Devi at Chandrapuri to the Ikshvaku dynasty. According to Jain texts, his birth-date was the twelfth day of the Posh Krishna month of the Indian calendar. He is said to have become a siddha, i.e. soul at its purest form or a liberated soul.

8th Jain Tirthankara
Chandraprabha statue at Chandragiri Vatika, Tijara
Other namesChanda Prabhu
Venerated inJainism
SymbolCrescent Moon
Height150 bows (450 meters)
Age1,000,000 purva (70.56 Quintillion years)
Personal information
  • Mahasena (father)
  • Sulakshana devi (mother)

Jain biographyEdit

Life before renunciationEdit

Chandraprabha was the eighth Jain Tīrthankara of the present age (avasarpini).[1] He was born to King Mahasena and Queen Lakshmana Devi at Chandrapuri, Varanasi on 12th day month Pausa in the Ikshvaku clan.[1][2][3] Nine months before the birth of Chandraprabha, Queen Lakshmana Devi dreamt the sixteen most auspicious dreams.[4] Chandraprabha spent 2  lakh pūrva as youth (kumāra kāla) and ruled His kingdom for 6  lakh pūrva and 24 pūrvāṇga (rājya kāla). During his rule, Chandraprabhu was apathetic towards the ordinary delights and princely grandeur.[5][6]


His life to renounced his worldly life, soon after his ascension to throne and after 3 months he obtained Kevala Jnana (omniscience) while mediating under Naga tree.[2] After a many years of spreading his knowledge, he is said to have attained nirvana at Sammed Shikharji on the seventh day of the bright half of the month of Bhadradha.[5][4]


According to Jain texts Vaidarbha Svami was the leader of the Chandraprabha disciples.[6]


Svayambhūstotra by Acharya Samantabhadra is the adoration of twenty-four Tīrthankaras. Its five slokas (aphorisms) are dedicated to Tīrthankara Chandraprabha.[7]

With complexation bright5 as the rays of the moon you had the radiated knowledge like another moon. You are worshiped by eminent beings; you are the Lord of learned ascetic; and had conquered all your karmas and internal passion. I bow to you, O Lord Chandraprabha, the processor of moonlike splendour.

— Svayambhūstotra (8-1-36)[8]

Chandraprabha is associated with crescent moon emblem, Naga tree, Vijya or Syama (Dig.) & Vijya (Svet.) Yaksha and Jwalamalini (Dig.) & Bhrikuti (Svet.) Yakshi.[9][2][10]


Chandraprabha is usually depicted in a lotus or kayotsarga posture, with a crescent moon symbol beneath him;[2] each tīrthankara has a distinct emblem, which allows worshippers to distinguish similar idols.[11] Like all tirthankaras, he is depicted with a Shrivatsa[note 1] and downcast eyes.[14]

The earliest known sculpture of Chandraprabha was installed by Maharajadhiraja Ramagupta of Gupta dynasty. Chandraprabha has been popular amongst Jain everywhere in India. The iconography of Chandraprabha is particularly popular in Eastern India in Bihar, Bengal and Orissa. Sculptures of Chandraprabha were also popular in Jain temples, Deogarh, Khajuraho Jain temples and Sonagiri.[15]

Colossal statue

Main templesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ A special symbol that marks the chest of a Tirthankara. The yoga pose is very common in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Each tradition has had a distinctive auspicious chest mark that allows devotees to identify a meditating statue to symbolic icon for their theology. There are several srivasta found in ancient and medieval Jain art works, and these are not found on Buddhist or Hindu art works.[12][13]



  1. ^ a b Tukol 1980, p. 31.
  2. ^ a b c d Shah 1987, p. 142.
  3. ^ Time of India & 4 Tirthankaras born in Varanasi.
  4. ^ a b Jain 2015, p. 189.
  5. ^ a b Jain 2009, p. 78.
  6. ^ a b Jain 2015, p. 190.
  7. ^ Jain 2015, p. 44-50.
  8. ^ Jain 2015, p. 52.
  9. ^ Titze 1998, p. 5.
  10. ^ Tandon 2002.
  11. ^ Zimmer 1953, p. 225.
  12. ^ von Glasenapp 1925, pp. 426–428.
  13. ^ Jainism: Jinas and Other Deities Archived 26 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  14. ^ Melton & Baumann 2010, p. 1553.
  15. ^ Shah 1987, pp. 142-144.


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