Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Ajita’s Shasanadevatas which is the thirty-fourth part of chapter III of the English translation of the Ajitanatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Ajitanatha in jainism is the second Tirthankara (Jina) and one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 34: Ajita’s Śāsanadevatās

Then in this same congregation arose the Yakṣa, named Mahāyakṣa, with four faces, dark-colored, with an elephant for a vehicle. One right arm was in varada-position, the others held a hammer, rosary, and noose. One of his left hands held a citron, one was in abhayada-position, the others held a goad and spear. Then arose the divinity Ajitabalā, gold-color, shining with two right hands, one in varada-position and one holding a noose; adorned with two left hands holding a citron and a goad, standing on an iron seat, she was a messenger-deity at the Lord’s side.

Adorned with the thirty-four atiśayas, the Blessed One wandered over the earth, attended by a retinue of Siṃhasena and others. Enlightening the bhavya-souls[1] in every village, city, and mine, an ocean of compassion, the Lord arrived one day at Kauśāmbī. To the northeast of it, the gods made the Lord’s samavasaraṇa on ground a yojana in extent. Seated on a lion-throne under the aśoka tree in it, the Lord of the World delivered a sermon in the assembly consisting of gods, asuras and mortals.

Footnotes and references:


See I, n. 3.

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