Parshva was the son of king Ashvasena and queen Vama of Varanasi. He renounced the world and became an ascetic when he was 30 years old. He achieved Nirvana on the Sammet Sikhar, now named Parshvanatha after him. He has 108 names. He lived in Varanasi around 800 BC.
Pārśvanātha is only Jain Tirthankar which is always represented with the hood of a nāga shading his head. Two Yakshas viz. Yaksha Dharanendra and the Yakshi Padmavati are often shown flanking him.