Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

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

Part 2: Description of Kauśāmbī

Now in Jambūdvīpa in this zone Bharata, there is a city Kauśāmbī, the ornament of Vatsadeśa. There the moon, wandering in the vicinity of lions on top of very lofty shrines, attained spotlessness by the deer-mark (in the moon) being terrified. In its lofty dwelling-houses incense-smoke spread a wealth of garments over couples whose garments had been removed for pleasure. In every house in it parrots pecked at pearls placed in svastikas with the idea that they were pomegranate seeds. Every man was wealthy; no one envied another’s wealth; only the wind was envious of the fragrance of garden-flowers.

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