Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

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

Part 11: Kunthu’s mokṣa (emancipation)

When twenty-three thousand, seven hundred and thirty-four years had passed from the time of his omniscience, knowing that it was time for his emancipation, the Lord went to Mt. Sammeta and began a fast with a thousand munis. At the end of a month, on the first day of the black half of Rādha, the moon being in the Kṛttikās, the Master and the munis attained an eternal abode. The Lord’s life was ninety-five thousand years, equally divided as prince, king, emperor, and monk. Kunthunātha’s emancipation took place half a palyopama after Śrī Śāntinātha’s emancipation. The emancipation-festival of the Supreme Lord was held by the Indras and the gods; and the teeth, et cetera, were taken to their respective abodes to be worshipped properly.

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