Shri Amar Muni
SHEETALNATH BHAGAVAN -
The being that was to be Bhagavan Sheetalnath, in his
previous but one birth was the king of Susima town in the Pushkarvar
island. His name was Padmottar. When his son reached adulthood the
religious king gave his kingdom to the son and took Diksha from Tristadha
Muni. Vigorous spiritual practices and worship of the pious states as
mentioned in the scriptures resulted in his acquiring the
Tirthankar-nam-and-gotra-karma. Completing his age he reincarnated as the
king of the Pranat dimension of gods.
One day due to some strange ailment, king Dridhrath had
high fever and acute burning sensation in his body. He did not get any
relief even after applying a variety of ointments. Out of anxiety and to
comfort the king, the queen put her palm on his body. This mere touch of
the queen removed the burning sensation and a feeling of soothing relief
swept his body. After this incident the king decided to name the new born
as Sheetal (cool/calm).
Sheetalnath was born on the twelfth day of the dark
half of the month Magh. When he grew older he married at the request of
his parents. At proper time, king Dridhrath coronated him and took Diksha.
After a long and successful reign Sheetalnath left his home and became an
ascetic. He attained omniscience under a Peepal tree on the fourteenth day
of the dark half of the month of Paush. After wandering and preaching for
a long time, he came to Sammetshikhar and attained Nirvana on the second
day of the dark half of the month of Vaishakh.