Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Conquest of the nine treasures by Sagara which is the seventeenth 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 17: Conquest of the nine treasures by Sagara

The King put his camp on the west bank of the Gaṅgā, and made a three days’ fast directed against the treasure-jewels.[1] At its end the nine treasures named Naisarpa, Pāṇḍu, Piṅgala, Sarvaratnaka, Mahāpadma, Kāla, Mahākāla, Māṇava, and Śaṅkhaka, each attended by a thousand gods, approached the King. They said: “We live in Māgadha(-tīrtha) at the mouth of the Gaṅgā and have come to you, illustrious sir, subdued by your good fortune. Enjoy and give as you like unhesitatingly. Even if the ocean could become exhausted, we could not be exhausted. Set on eight wheels, constantly filled by nine thousand Yakṣas like your servants, twelve yojanas long and nine wide, we shall go along in the ground as your attendants. Your Majesty.” The King assented to their speech, broke his fast, and held an eight-day festival to them like guests.

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Properly speaking, the treasures were not ‘jewels.’ They do not belong to the 14 ‘jewels.’

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