Kunthunath Bhagwan is the Mulnayak. Kunthunath Bhawan was the seventeenth Tirthankara, sixth Chakravarti of the present half time cycle, Avasarpini.
According to Jain beliefs, Kunthunath Bhagwan was born to King Sura (Surya) and Queen Sridevi at Hastinapur in the Ikshvaku dynasty on the fourteenth day of the Vaishakh Krishna month of the Indian calendar.
Kunthu means heap of Jewels. According to the Jain belief, he was born in 27,695,000 BC, Like all other Chakravarti, he also conquered all the lands and went to write his name on the foothills of mountains. Seeing the names of other Chakravartis already there, he saw his ambitions dwarfed. He then renounced his throne and became an ascetic for penance. At an age of 95,000 years he liberated his soul and attained Moksha on Mount Shikharji
Significance of this Tirth: Where, since June 1993, 28 Akhand Jyoti Deepak (27 with pure ghee and one peanut oil) has lit up round the clock. Whose amazing miraculous feature is :
- It is astonishing : in all these lights, yellow sandal rather than black kajal from June 1993 and from November 2008 saffron petals have started appearing in these lights.
- a saffron-colored sandalwood is collected in a flame ignited with peanut oil.
- Extreme awe : where white sandalwood is collected in Jyoti from June 2009.
According to Vedic scriptures, the trees of white sandalwood - forests are available only in Devaloka. In Devaloka, the deity always worships Lord Shiva with white sandalwood. This is the reason that on earth, on Lord Shiva, the shape of “Aum” is inscribed in white color.
According to Jainism, the white sandalwood trees – are found in the forest in the Malyagiri mountain. In this forest, there is the residence of Maa Chakreshwari and in this temple, the very special attachment of Maa Chakreshwari to Kesariya Kunthunath is felt.