Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Vajrayudha’s conquest as Cakravartin which is the fourth part of chapter III 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 4: Vajrāyudha’s conquest as Cakravartin

Just then the superintendent of the armory joyfully announced to Vajrāyudha in a loud voice, “The cakra-jewel has appeared in the armory.” Then Vajrāyudha made a very great pūjā to the cakra and his thirteen[1] other jewels appeared. Following the cakra-jewel, he conquered Mt. Vaitāḍhya and the six-part province Maṅgalāvatī. He made Prince Sahasrāyudha heir-apparent, supporting the earth, like a second form of himself.

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For the 14 jewels of a Cakravartin, see I, p. 215 f.

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