Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

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

Part 18: Vimala’s mokṣa (emancipation)

Knowing that his nirvana was near, the Lord went to Mt. Sammeta with six thousand monks and began a fast. At the end of a month, on the seventh day of the black half of Śuci, the moon being in Pauṣṇa, the Master and the monks went to the imperishable abode. The gods, Puruhūta and others, came from everywhere and held the nirvāṇa-festival of the Lord and the monks. The Lord passed fifteen lacs of years as prince, thirty as king and fifteen in the vow; so his total age was sixty lacs of years. There was an interval of thirty sāgaras between the nirvāṇas of Śrī Vāsupūjya and of Vimala Svāmin.

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