Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes The fourteen dreams of Vishnu which is the fifth part of chapter I of the English translation of the Shreyamsanatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Shreyamsanatha in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 5: The fourteen dreams of Viṣṇu

A great elephant, like Vaitāḍhya on a small scale, white; a white bull with high horns like an autumn-cloud with fish[1]; a superior lion with his tail erect like an umbrella being carried; Mahālakṣmī being sprinkled like another embodiment of herself (the queen); a fragrant wreath of flowers like her own glory incarnate; a full moon bathed in moonlight like a tank of nectar; a sun, shining like the crest-jewel of the sky; a flagstaff with fluttering pennants like a tree with branches; a very precious full pitcher like a depository of good fortune; a lotus-pool with large lotuses like another Lake Padma; an ocean with high waves wishing to ascend to the. sky; a fine large aerial car like a younger brother of Pālaka[2]; a heap of jewels like all the wealth taken from the ocean; a smokeless fire like an imitation of Bhauma (Mars)—Queen Viṣṇu saw these fourteen great dreams, which indicate the birth of a Tīrthakṛt, entering her mouth.

On the twelfth day of the black half of Tapasya (the moon being) in Śravaṇa, Queen Viṣṇu gave easy birth to a son, marked with a rhinoceros, gold color.

Footnotes and references:


Probably alluding to the rains of fishes which take place in India and encourage a superstition that clouds contain fishes. See Balfour, I, p. 1112.


Śakra’s car.

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