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A Fine Pratima ( Statue ) of SHREE AJIT NATH the 2nd TIRTHANKAR in order of 24 Tirthankara’s of the Jain Sect. In a meditating posture with inscription written in the base of the Statue.
Ajitnatha was born at Ayodhya in the Ikshvaku clan. His father was King Jitashatru Raja and mother was Queen Vijaya. Before his birth Queen Vijaya Devi saw fourteen auspicious dreams. The augers were consulted and they informed that
Vijaya Devi will give birth to a Tirthankar. The queen gave birth to a son on the eighth day of the bright half of the month of Magh and the king named the new born as the Ajit.
When king Jitshatru became old he called Ajit and asked him to take over the
throne, but Ajit was a naturally detached person since childhood, so he politely declined the throne offered by the king. Ajit became an ascetic in his youth and went into remote and dense forests for his meditation and penance. His personality and the intensity of his lofty practices cast a pacifying influence all around. Natural enemies in the animal kingdom, like lion and cow, wolf and deer, snake and mongoose used to come and sit around him peacefully.
After a twelve year period of deep meditation and other spiritual practices attained omniscience on the eleventh day of the bright half of the month of Paush. When his last moments were approaching, Bhagavan Ajitnath went Sammedshikhar. With one thousand other ascetics, he commenced his final meditation. He attained Nirvana on the fifth day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra (Chaitra Sukla 5). The gods created the divine pavilion and Bhagawan Ajitnath gave his eloquent and magnetic discourses. Thousands of people accepted the path of renunciation.