Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Death of Anantavirya which is the seventh part of chapter II of the English translation of the Shantinatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Shantinatha in jainism is the sixteenth Tirthankara (Jina) and one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 7: Death of Anantavīrya

Aparājita and Anantavīrya, possessing right belief, guarded the kingdom, united like the Aśvins. At the end of a life of eighty-four lacs of pūrvas Janārdana went to the first hell because of nikācita karma. As a hell-inhabitant there, for forty-two thousand years he experienced many kinds of pain. There is no escape from karma that has been earned. Camara, Viṣṇu’s father in a former birth came there and quieted the pain. Verily, affection for offspring is powerful. Anantavīrya’s soul, desiring emancipation completely, endured the pain, recalling his acts by means of clairvoyant knowledge.