Lord Krishna’s Cousin Arishtanemi is a Tirthankara of Jainism!
Arishtanemi is also called as Neminatha.
He is the twenty-second Thirthankara .
Tirthankara means one who helps to cross over, creates a Passage.
Life is considered to be an Ocean of pain, it is called Samsara.
Tirthankara is one who has crossed over the Cycle of Birth and death.
They create the path for those who follow them.
There are Twenty four Tirthankaras, Vardhamana Mahavira being the Twenty Fourth
More Tirthankara will manifest in future.
Buddhism and Jainism are two great religions of India and Jainism precedes Buddhism.
These two Religions are nastika systems of Indian Thought.
Nastika means one that does not belive in the authority of the Vedas.
We may call these systems as Heterodox.
Jains have excellent system of Logic.
And their Ethical system is very stringent.
I shall be posting on Jainism in detail shortly.
Lord Krishna’s Cousin Arishtanemi was a Jain Tirthankara, a counterpart of Lord Krishna,a Maha Purusha.
“The Tirthankaras, along with 12 cakravartins (“world conquerors”), nine vasudevas (counterparts of Vasudeva, the patronymic of Krishna), and nine baladevas (counterparts of Balarama, the elder half-brother of Krishna), constitute the 54 mahapurusas (“great souls”), to which were later added nine prativasudevas(enemies of the vasudevas). Other, more minor, figures include nine naradas (counterparts of the deity Narada, the messenger between gods and humans), 11 rudras (counterparts of the Vedic god Rudra, from whom Siva is said to have evolved), and 24 kamadevas (gods of love), all of which show Hindu influences. There are also four groups of gods, the bhavanavasis (gods of the house), the vyantaras (intermediaries), the jyotiskas(luminaries), and the vaimanikas (astral gods). These deities were assimilated from ancient Indian folk religion.”
Note the Vasus, Rudras and Adityas.
My detailed post follows on this.
“Arishtanemi is a legendary figure. Said to have lived 84,000 years before the coming of the next Tirthankara, Parshvanatha, he is believed to have been the contemporary and cousin of the Hindu god Krishna. Legend holds that on his wedding day, Arishtanemi heard the cries of animals being slaughtered for the marriage feast and immediately renounced the world. The name Arishtanemi (“the rim [nemi] of whose wheel is unhurt [arishta]”) is attributed to a dream his mother had before he was born in which she saw a wheel of black jewels. In paintings of the Shvetambara sect, Arishtanemi always appears black (in paintings of the Digambara sect, he is blue). His symbol is the conch. According to Jain belief, he attained moksha (release from earthly existence) on the Girnar Hills in Kathiawar (in western India), which has become a place of pilgrimage for Jains.
wait, we have some thing more intersting.
The Vedas refer to Aritanemi in Svasti Vachana.
Svasti vachana is rendered at the conclusion of an auspicious occasion, to Bless by Auspicious words.
‘HARI OM SVASTI NA INDRO VRIDDHA SHRAVAAH,
SVASTI NA POOSHAAH VISHVA VEDAAH,
SVASTI NA ANTARIKSHYO ARISHTA NEMI,-Yajur Veda
Reference and Citations.