According to the Jain tradition, Kundakunda succeeded to the pontificate seat in
Vikrama Samvat 49 (8 B.C.) at the age of 33. He lived as the pontiff of the mulasangha up to 52 years and passed away in 44 A.D. when he
was 85 years of old. He was a contemporary of Bhadrabahu II and Arhadbali. Jinasena a commentator of Kundakunda, has observed that he
was disciple of Kumaranandi. According to Pattavalies, he was the student of Meghanandi Whose teacher was Arhatbali. But in his own work
of Bodhapahuda, Kundakunda calls himself as nayam sisenaya bhaddabahussa-sisya of Bhadrabahu who lived between 37 to 14 B.C.
According to epigraphical records his name is Kundakunda. Devasena (10th cent A.D.) and Jayasena (12th
cent.) refer him as ‘Padmanandi’. In the later works, he is known as vattekera, grudhapichha and Elacharya. From a reference in
Bodhapahuda, he hailed from the Krishna region of Andhra Pradesh. As regards his nativity at Konakondla in Anantapur district, its
antiquity may not be placed earlier than 7th cent. A.D. Through exploration in the area has not yielded any archaeological material datable to the period of Kundakunda.
Jain community is as unacquainted with the life of Kundkundacharyadeo, as it is acquainted with his name
and glory. Always resting in the depth of the soul and away from worldly fame, Kundkund has nowhere written anything about himself.
Merely his name has been mentioned in Dwadshanupreksha. Likewise, he has described himself in Bodh Pahud as the disciple of scriptural
sentient Bhadrabahu, who had the knowledge of Twelve Anga Scriptures and who had spread the message of the Fourteen Purvas. Though writers
afterwards have referred to him with faith and reverence, which throws light on his greatness, yet no particular knowledge about his life is obtained.
From the information available, his time is the beginning of the Vikram Samvat. In the Tika-Prashashti of Shat Prabhrit, Shrut Sagar
Suri has called him the omniscient of this dark age. He had many great fortunes. He went to Bhagwan Seemandhar Nath is Videh Kshetra and
offered his homage to him. Devasenacharya in V. S. 990 in his Darshansar, has referred to about this as below :
"If Padma Nandi Nath (Kundkundacharyadeo) had not distributed the divine sentience obtained from Seemandhar Bhagwan amongst the
Sadhus, how could they realize the real path of liberation ?". Following works of Kundkundacharyadeo are available:-
Samaysar, Pravachansar, Panchastikaya, Niyamsar, Asta Pahud, Dwadshanu-preksha and Dash Bhakti., Rayansar and Moolachar are
said to be his works. It is said that he wrote eighty-four pahuds. It is also said that he wrote a commentary named Parikarma on the first
three parts of Shat-khandagam, which is not available.
Samaysar is the great unique treatise of Jain spiritualism. Pravachansar and Panchastikaya have detailed description of the Jain
principles. The above three are also known as Natak Trayi, Prabhrit Trayi and Kundkund Trayi. Acharya Amritchandra has written elaborate
commentaries on the three in the Sanskrit language. Commentaries of Acharya Jaisen in Sanskrit are also available.
It was Kundakunda who provided some of the philosophical texts of the Digambara Church. In fact he is venerated almost as a Ganadhara,
that is as if he was as knowledgeable as one of the immediate disciples of Mahavira. As time passed he gained in miraculous powers,
and in an inscription at Sravana-Belgola dated AD 1398, it is said that when Kundakunda walked his feet would be four fingers above the ground.