Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Conquest of the goddess Ganga by Sagara which is the thirteenth 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 13: Conquest of the goddess Gaṅgā by Sagara

Then following the cakra by the northeast path, the King arrived comfortably near the palace of the goddess Gaṅgā. The King placed his camp not far from the palace of Gaṅgā, and made a three days’ fast concentrating on Gaṅgā. Like the goddess Sindhu, Gaṅgā knew from the shaking of her throne and, at the end of the three days’ fast, approached the Cakravartin, standing in the air. She gave one thousand and eight jeweled pitchers and two jeweled lion-thrones decorated with gold and gems. After dismissing Gaṅgā, Sagara broke his three days’ fast and, pleased at heart, held an eight-day festival for her pleasure.

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