Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Entrance into Vinita which is the twenty-first 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 21: Entrance into Vinītā

Taking the woman-jewel, Cakrin Sagara, possessing the strength of Purandara, went to Sāketapura (Vinītā). The King made a three days’ fast directed toward Vinītā, and observed pauṣadha in the pauṣadha-house according to rule. At the end of the three days’ fast the King left the pauṣadha-house and broke his fast with his retinue. The King entered the city which was like a woman ready for her lover, frowning, as it were, with a multitude or festoons; smiling, as it were, with the beauty of a large number of pearl svastikas; with raised arms, as it were, with the dancing banners of the handsome markets; with body-decoration, as it were, with the smoke-rings rising from the jars of incense; with wide-open eyes, as it were, from the jeweled vessels on the platforms; just as if it had couches from the varied daises; uttering auspicious sounds, as it were, by the tinklings of the palace-bells. The King went to his palace-court, like Śakra to his palace, which had high arches, high banners, and loud blessings from the bards. He dismissed the sixteen thousand gods and thirty-two thousand kings in attendance, the chief jewels—the general, the priest, the steward, and the carpenter, the three hundred and sixty-three cooks,[1] the eighteen guilds and sub-guilds,[2] and others also in turn, governors of fortresses, merchants, caravan-leaders, etc.

Attended by his retinue and harem, accompanied by the woman-jewel, the King entered his own palace, like the souls of creatures entering the womb. After he had bathed in the bath-house and worshipped the gods in the shrine, the King ate in the dining-house. Then Sagara amused himself with concerts, plays, and other amusements, the fruit of the creeper of the Śrī of sovereignty.

Footnotes and references:


Cf. 1. 4. 661 and 719, and I, n. 321. This is probably an error on Hem.’s part, since the Jamb. (67) gives the number as 360, which corresponds with the conventional year. But it is curious that Hem. repeats the slip so often. See App. I.


See I, n. 315.

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: