Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Conquest of Tamisra by Sagara which is the seventh 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 7: Conquest of Tamisrā by Sagara

Then, following the cakra, the King went near the cave Tamisrā and, making his camp, dwelt there like a lion. He directed his mind on the god Kṛtamāla, and made a three days’ fast. For the great do not abandon their duty. When the King’s three days’ fast was finished, his (Kṛtamāla’s) throne shook. For even mountains shake at the exertion of such people. By employing clairvoyant knowledge, Kṛtamāla knew that the Cakrin had arrived and, standing in the air, approached him like his lord. He gave the collection of ornaments, of which the tilaka is the fourteenth,[1] suitable for the woman-jewel, garments, sandal-powder, wreaths, etc. Saying, “Hail! Hail! Your Majesty,” he promised service. For the cakrins must be served by gods as well as men. After conversing with him graciously, the King dismissed him, and with his retinue broke his fast of three days. Then Sagara considerately held an eight-day festival for the god Kṛtamāla. For that gives pleasure to the gods.

Footnotes and references:


See I, n. 290.

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