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Indian Jain Metal Alloy Tirthankara Shrine

Indian Jain Metal Alloy Tirthankara Shrine
Indian Jain Metal Alloy Tirthankara Shrine
Indian Jain Metal Alloy Tirthankara Shrine
Jain Tirthankara with Deities
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Indian Jain Metal Alloy Tirthankara Shrine

AGE: – Undetermined
CONSTRUCTION: – Brass/bronze
HEIGHT: – 20.5cm
WIDTH:– 11cm
DEPTH: – 6cm
WEIGHT:– 950gms

Indian Jain Metal Alloy Tirthankara Shrine – Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world, dating back to the 6th Century BC. It is an ancient religion or philosophy with the aim of teaching liberation of the soul, and to live a life of harmlessness.

Although there is no one single founder, its teachings over time have been revealed by different Tirthankara’s (teachers or prophets), as one who has reached a high level of spirituality.

Jainism stems from Brahmanism, as does Hinduism and Buddhism. The core belief in Jainism is non violence and self control towards all living creatures, as well as honesty and truth in words and actions. A worshiper of Jainism renounces all superfluous possessions.

The swastika symbol seen on the back of the shrine has been used by several civilizations dating back thousands of years. It was used by the ancient Greeks, ancient Druids and Celts as well as the Nordic tribes, early Christians and the Teutonic Knights, a German medieval military order which became a purely religious order of the Catholic church, as well as the Indus Valley civilization.

The Jainism swastika symbol differs from that of the Nazi German swastika. In Jainism the symbol can have a negative and a positive connotation depending on how it is drawn. In Hinduism the right-hand swastika is a symbol of the God Vishnu and sun, whereupon the left-hand swastika is the symbol of Kali and magic. typically a swastika in Jainism represents the four types of birth that an embodied soul might attain until liberation – heavenly, human, animal, or hellish.

The Sanskrit word Swastika broken down into two words means Su (good) and asti “to be” svasti thus means (well-being). This symbol used by the Jains literally translates into “all is well” and is used as a mark on a person or object to denote good luck.

The Swastika can have a negative and a positive connotations depending on how it is drawn. In Hinduism the right-hand swastika is a symbol of the God Vishnu and sun, whereupon the left-hand swastika is the symbol of Kali and magic. typically a swastika in Jainism represents the four types of birth that an embodied soul might attain until liberation – heavenly, human, animal, or hellish.

About the Swastika on a Jain Thirthankara Shrine

The 4 arms of the swastika symbolize the 4 states of existence

  1. Heavenly beings (“devas encantadia”)
  2. . Human beings
  3.  Hellish beings
  4.  Tiryancha (subhuman like flora or fauna)

In Jainism the swastika is the symbol or emblem of the 7th Tirthankara (saint), commonly referred to as Tirthankara Suparsva, and is one of the most prominent auspicious symbols in present time. In the cultural traditions of Svetambar Jains the swastika is one of the main symbols of the Ashta-mangalas. It is believed that all holy books and auspicious places must contain the swastika, and that all ceremonies begin and end with the swastika mark.

It is a traditional practice for Jain’s during ceremonies to begin with the creation of a swastika symbol using rice to be placed at alters and in front of deities in temples. This practice of drawing a Swastika symbol is referred to as Swastik rangoli. After the symbols are completed offerings are made consisting of fruits, sweets and sometimes money.

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