Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Abhinandana’s moksha which is the eighteenth part of chapter II of the English translation of the Abhinandana-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Abhinandana in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 18: Abhinandana’s mokṣa

After a lac of pūrvas less eight aṅgas and eighteen years from the time of his omniscience, the Lord went to Mt. Sammeta knowing that it was time for his nirvāṇa. Together with a thousand munis the Lord continued a fast for a month, attended by the gods with their Indras and by kings. Engaged in śaileśī-meditation, destroying karma prolonging existence,[1] possessing the four infinities of siddhas, the Blessed Abhinandana and the thousand munis went to the place from which there is no return on the eighth day of the white half of Vaiśākha, the moon being in conjunction with Puṣpa. Passing twelve and a half lacs of pūrvas as prince, thirty-six and a half lacs of pūrvas plus eight aṅgas as king, a lac of pūrvas less eight aṅgas mmendicancy, the Lord lived for fifty lacs of pūrvas. Abhinandana’s nirvāṇa was ten lacs of crores of sāgaras after the nirvāṇa of Sambhava Svāmin. Śakra performed the funeral rites of the Master and the munis also. The gods and asuras took the molars, teeth, and bones for worship. After they had gone to Ṇandīśvara and held an eight-day festival to the eternal images of the Arhats, the Indras and the gods went to their respective worlds, and the kings to their respective palaces.

Footnotes and references:


Upagrāhikarma, i.e., Āyus, Nāma, Gotra, and Vedanīya. See PE, uvaggaha.

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