(Last Updated on : 14/04/2012)
Lord Padmaprabha was the sixth Jain Tirthankara of the current age, Avsarpini. According to Jain philosophy, he became a siddha, an enlightened soul which has destructed all of its karma.
Lord Padmaprabha, also known as Padhmaprabhu swami was born to Emperor Shridhar Raja and Queen Susimadevi at Koushambi in the Ikshvaku dynasty
. He was born on the twelfth day of the Kartik Krishna month of the Hindu calendar. The Susima town in the Purvavideh area was ruled by Maharaj Aparajit. He was a simple and a pious person. Once he heard a discourse of an Arhat that changed his mind completely. He later took Diksha from Acharya Pihitashrava. Due to long divine practices he earned Tirthankar-nam-and-gotra-karma. Gradually he completed his age and reincarnated as a God in the Graiveyak dimension.
Resurrection of Lord Padmaprabha
From the dimension of Gods, Aparajit descended into the womb of queen Susima, wife of the Emperor Kaushambi. One day queen Susima wished to sleep on a bed made up of lotus flowers. As it was the keen desire of a pregnant mother, the Gods made all the required arrangements to fulfil it. The queen gave birth to a son on the twelfth day of the dark half of the month of Kartik. The new born had a soft pink glow like lotus flowers. Hence the Emperor named him as Padmaprabh.
Gradually the prince grew up and was married. Padmaprabh was eventually crowned and ascended the throne, when his father left for divine practices. He was a pious and kind hearted king who took care of his subjects. After a long and successful reign, Padmaprabh through his three fold knowledge came to know that the right moment has arrived for him to become an ascetic. After six months of divine practices, on the full moon day of the month of Chaitra
he achieved nirvana
under a banyan tree
. He travelled to many places propagating religious faith to the common masses. Wandering in different places, Lord Padmaprabh at last arrived at Sammetshikhar. He attained nirvana on the eleventh day of the dark half of the month of Margshirsh.