Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Shreyamsa’s shasanadevatas (messenger-deities) which is the twenty-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 25: Śreyāṃsa’s śāsanadevatās (messenger-deities)

A Yakṣa, originating in the congregation, named Īśvara, three-eyed, white, with a bull for a vehicle, with one right hand holding a citron and a second holding a club, with an ichneumon and a rosary in his left hands, became Lord Śreyāṃsa’s messenger-deity at that time. Likewise the goddess Mānavī, fair, with a lion for a vehicle, with one right hand in the boon-granting position and one holding a hammer, holding a thunder-bolt and a goad in her left hands, became the Lord’s attendant messenger-deity at that time.

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