Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Ara’s shasanadevatas (messenger-deities) which is the ninth part of chapter II of the English translation of the Shri Aranatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Shri Aranatha in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 9: Ara’s śāsanadevatās (messenger-deities)

Yakṣendra, six-faced, three-eyed, dark, with a conch for a vehicle, his six right arms holding a citron, an arrow, a sword, a hammer, a noose, and bestowing fearlessness, his six left arms holding an ichneumon, a bow, and shield, a trident, a goad, and a rosary; a goddess Dhāriṇī, blue-bodied, with a lotus-seat, with two right arms holding a citron and a blue lotus, with two left arms holding a red lotus and a rosary, became the Lord’s messenger-deities, always near at hand.

With them always in close attendance the Blessed One wandered over the earth and one day stopped in a samavasaraṇa in the town Padminīkhaṇḍa. When Lord Ara had stopped after delivering a sermon, Kumbha, like the Master, preached a sermon destroying all doubt.

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