Siddhasena Divakara

Siddhasena Divakara

Siddhasena Divakara

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Siddhasen Diwakar (Fifth century A. D.) (आचार्य सिद्दसैन दिवाकर) was a highly intelligent Jain acharya of his time. Siddhasen could study the scriptures and realize their truth in a short time. In due course he became the best known Jain scholar of the time. He was like the illuminating lamp of the Jain order and therefore came to be known as Siddhasen Diwakar. He is credited with the authorship of many books but most of them unfortunately are not available. Sanmatitarka is his best book on logic and is widely read even at present. The well known Kalyanmandir Stotra was also composed by him.


Approximate 2000 years ago there lived a preceptor (sicsic) named Devarshi in the court of King Vikramaditya. Devarshi's son, Kumud (this was the birth name of Siddhasen Diwakar) was very handsome, smart and highly intelligent and so Devarshi sent him to the best monastery school of the time. There Kumud quickly mastered all the arts and sciences. Devarshi was very proud of his son. It was customary in those days to hold contests to determine who was more knowledgeable. Devarshi believed that Kumud would defeat anyone in such contests and Kumud did not belie his expectations. In a short amount of time, Kumud defeated everyone in the court of King Vikramaditya. From there he went to other prominent courts of India and was victorious every time. However these successive triumphs generated a sense of vanity in his mind and he...
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