Srastagha, Srastāgha: 1 definition



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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Srastāgha (स्रस्ताघ) is the name of an ancient Sūri, according to chapter 3.8 [śītalanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“There is a regal city, named Susīmā, in the province of Vatsa, the ornament of East Videha in the half of Puṣkaravaradvīpa. Its king was named Padmottara, the best of all kings, like one of the Anuttaravimāna-gods who had come. [...] One day, he abandoned the great kingdom like a piece of stone and adopted mendicancy under Srastāgha Sūri. Observing the vows without any transgressions, he, wise, acquired the body-making karma of a Tīrthakṛt by the Sthānakas named in the scriptures. When he had passed his whole birth, he became lord of Prāṇata because of numerous special vows and numerous severe penances”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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