Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Conquest of Vaitadhya by Sagara which is the sixth part of chapter IV 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 6: Conquest of Vaitāḍhya by Sagara

The cakra left the armory, like an elephant its own stable, for the home of the Śrīs to the northeast. Following it, in a few days the King arrived at the south slope of the great mountain, Vaitāḍhya. After establishing a camp like a city of the Vidyādharas on it, he made a three days’ fast against the Prince of Vaitāḍhya. When the King’s fast of three days was finished, the lion-throne of the Prince of Vaitāḍhya shook. Then he knew by clairvoyant knowledge that Cakrin Sagara had approached the boundary of the half of Bharata. He approached and, standing in the air, gave the King divine jewels and clothes, thrones and vīrāsanas. “Long live! Long rejoice! Tong he victorious! Hail!” delighted, he said to the King, like a priest. Sagara replied to him with honor, as if he were a dear kinsman of his own, then dismissed him, and broke his three days’ fast. He made an eight-day festival, like a golden finial on the palace of his own favor, to the Prince of Mt. Vaitāḍhya.

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