Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Conquest of Kshudrahimavat by Sagara which is the twelfth 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 12: Conquest of Kṣudrahimavat by Sagara

One day the Cakrin’s cakra left the armory by a northeast path, like the sun in summer. Following the cakra, the King reached the southern slope of the Kṣudrahimavat Mountains[1] and stopped there, taking up his abode. Concentrating on the Prince of Kṣudrahimavat, he made a three days’ fast, and commenced pauṣadha in the pauṣadha-house. At the end of pauṣadha, he got into a chariot, went to the Kṣudrahimavat Mountains, and struck them three times with the end of his chariot, like an elephant with his tusk. After he had halted his horses and had strung his bow, the King discharged an arrow marked with his own name. Traversing seventy-two yojanas like a kos in a moment, it fell on the ground in front of the Prince of Kṣudrahimavat. He was angered at once by the arrow, but became calm instantly from the name on the arrow. Standing in the air, he gave gośīrṣa-sandal, all the herbs, water from the lake Padma, devadūṣya(-garments), the arrow, jeweled ornaments, and wreaths of flowers of the kalpa-tree, and promised service, saying, “Long live!” After dismissing him, then the King turned his chariot, went to Mt. Ṛṣabhakūṭa,[2] and struck it three times in the same way. Holding his horses, he engraved with the cowrie the words, “Sagara, the second Cakravartin,” on the front of the mountain. Then turning the chariot, the King returned to the camp and broke his three days’ fast. Sagara, who had vowed a complete procession of conquest, made an eight-day festival to the Prince of the Hima Mountains, with great magnificence.

Footnotes and references:


The north boundary of Bharatavarṣa.


In the middle of the north part of Bharata. Jamb. 17, p. 87a.

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