Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

by Helen M. Johnson | 1931 | 742,503 words

This page describes The future Vasudevas which is the ninth part of chapter VI of the English translation of the Adisvara-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Adisvara (or Rishabha) in jainism is the first Tirthankara (Jina) and one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 9: The future Vāsudevas

The Lord, though unasked, related as follows: “There will be nine black Vāsudevas, enjoyers of three parts of the earth, with half so much power as the Cakrins. The eighth will belong to the family of Kaśyapa and the others to the family of Gautama. There will be nine white Baladevas, their (half-)brothers, sons of co-wives. Of these, Tripṛṣtha Keśava, the son of Prajāpati and Mṛgāvatī in the city Potana, eighty bows tall, living for eighty-four lacs of years while the best of Jinas, Śreyāṃsa, is wandering over the earth, will go to the lowest hell. In Dvāravatī, Dvipṛṣṭha, seventy bows tall, living for seventy-two lacs of years while Vāsupūjya is wandering on earth, son of Padmā and Brahmanandana, will necessarily go to the sixth hell. In Dvāravati, Svayambhū, sixty bows tall, living for sixty lacs of years, a follower of Vimala Svāmin, son of Bhadrarāja and Pṛthvīdevī, will go to the sixth hell when his life is completed. In this same city, the one named Puruṣottama, fifty bows tall, son of Soma and Sītā, with a life of thirty lacs of years while the Jina Ananta is living, will go to the sixth hell at the end of his life.

In Aśvapura, Puruṣasiṃha will live in the time of Dharmanātha, forty-five bows tall, son of Śiva and Rājāmṛtā. After completing a life of ten lacs of years, he will go to the sixth hell. In Cakrapurī, Puruṣapuṇḍarīka, in the interval between Ara and Malli, son of Lakṣmīvatī and Mahāśiras, nineteen bows tall, living for sixty-five thousand years, will go to the sixth hell. In the same interval between Jinas, Datta, the son of Śesavatī and Agnisiṃha in Vārāṇasī, twenty-six bows tall, will go to the fifth hell, when he has completed a life of fifty-six thousand years. The son of Kaikeyī and Daśaratha, named Nārāyaṇa, in Rājagṛha, in the interval between Muni and Nami, living for twelve thousand years, sixteen bows tall, will go to the third hell at the end of his life. Kṛṣṇa, son of Devakī and Vasudeva, in Mathurā, follower of Neminātha, ten bows tall, will live for one thousand years and then will go to the third hell.

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