Sculpture of Yaksha Dharanendra at Akkana Basadi, Shravanabelagola
|Affiliation||Yaksha of Parshvanatha|
Dharanendra is the Yaksha (attendant deity) of Parshvanatha, twenty-third Tirthankara in Jainism. He enjoys an independent religious life and is very popular amongst Jains. According to the Digambara tradition, when Lord Parshvanatha was a prince, he saved two snakes that had been trapped in a log in an Kamath's fire. Later, these snakes were reborn as Dharanendra, the lord of the underworld Naga Kingdom, and Padmavati. They, then sheltered Parshvanatha when he was harassed by Meghalin (Kamath reborn).?v?t?mbara tradition, however, does not list Padmavati among the main queens of Dharanendra.
Image portraying P?r?van?tha sheltered by his yaksha Dhara?endra at Kalugumalai Jain Beds