(Last Updated on : 08/03/2014)
Ambika Goddess is a Jain goddess who holds great importance. She is a Jain Yaksi that is a dedicated attendant of Lord Neminath
, the 22nd Tirthankara. She is also known as Sasana Devi, the 'protector goddess. Ambika Devi is called by other names like Ambai, Amba and Amra Kushmandini.
The Jains worshipped Ambika Goddess as the Mother Goddess of Jainism
. She is regarded as the patron deity of material prosperity, childbirth and protection of women. She is said to represent fertility and also as a source of protection against the evil forces of nature. The Jains had adopted her for in the form of an early Yaksi, Bahuputrika meaning one who has many children. However, she began to be referred as Ambika towards the end of 6th century CE.
The idol of Ambika Devi is represented in golden colour. Her vehicle is a lion. She has four arms. She is seen holding a mango and a branch of a mango tree in two of her right hands. In her left hands she is seen carrying a rein and two of her sons, Priyankara and Shubhankara.
Temples of Ambika Devi
There are several dedicated to Ambika Devi. Among them the major three temples dedicated to her are: Shri Neminath Adhisthayaka Nagotra Solanki Gotria Kuladevi Shri Ambikadevi Jinalaya in Santhu near Bagra. It is located in Jalore district
in the Rajasthan
state. Shri Kuladevi Ambikadevi Jain Temple located at Takhatgarh in Pali district
in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Shri Kuladevi Ambikadevi Jain Temple situated in Padarli in Rajasthan state.
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