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Siddhacakra or Navadevatā
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TermSiddhacakra or Navadevatā
Alternative Termsnavpad, nava-padā, navapada, navpada, siddhacakra, siddhachakra, navadevata, nava-devatā, siddha-cakra, siddha chakra, Nine Divinities, Nine Entities
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The most common mystical diagram – yantra – in Jainism, which is believed to destroy karma and bring prosperity and good luck. There are nine parts, usually arranged in the shape of a lotus flower. The Five Highest Beings are depicted on five parts of the yantra. On the four other parts, there are sectarian differences.

Digambaras call it the navadevatā or navdevata or navpad. The other four elements for them are:

  • a Jina image
  • a temple
  • the dharma-cakra or sacred wheel of law
  • the speech of the Jinas, in the scriptures.

For Śvetāmbaras it is the siddhacakra or navapada or navpad, which has representations of:

  • the 'three jewels' of Jain tradition
  • 'right austerity', often called the 'fourth jewel'.
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