Shri Amar Muni
KUNTHUNATH BHAGAVAN -
The name of the powerful and illustrious king of Khadgi
town in Purva Mahavideh area was Simhavaha. He was a very devoted and
religious person when his son became young and capable, he handed over his
kingdom to the son and took Diksha from Samvaracharya. As a result of his
vigorous penance and devotion for the Arhat, he earned the
Tirthankar-nam-and gotra-karma. Completing his age he reincarnated in the
Sarvarthsiddha dimension of gods.
From the dimension of gods he descended into the womb
of queen Shri Devi, wife of king Shursen of Hastinapur. During her
pregnancy the queen saw a heap of gemstones known as Kunthu in her dreams.
This inspired the king to name him Kunthu Kumar. The pious deeds of
earlier birth resulted in unlimited power and grandeur for Kunthu Kumar.
After Shursen became an ascetic, Kunthu Kumar ascended the throne. Soon
the disc weapon appeared in his armory and he proceeded to conquer the
world with his mighty army. Without any confrontation all the kings
accepted his sovereignty and Kunthunath became a Chakravarti. Many mighty
kings and princes used to be present in his court all the time. After a
long and peaceful reign of twenty three thousand seven hundred and fifty
years he became an ascetic along with one thousand kings immediately after
Diksha he acquired Manahparyav Jnan. He spent sixteen years as an ordinary
ascetic. Indulging in penances and other spiritual practices, he attained
omniscience on the third day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra
under a Tilak tree in Sahasramara jungle outside Hastinapur. His first
discourse was on the subject of "inner purity".
As an omniscient ascetic Kunthunath wandered around and
preached true religion for a very long period. He then went to
Sammetshikhar and observed a month long fast before breathing his last.
His followers were deeply devoted to him. As such, a large crowd was
present at the moment of his Nirvana and cremation ceremony. They
witnessed the ceremony with heavy hearts and tear filled eyes. The mortal
remains of Bhagavan Kunthunath were taken away by the gods for worship.