Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Ara’s congregation which is the eleventh 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 11: Ara’s congregation

Fifty thousand noble monks, sixty thousand nuns, with strict vows, six hundred and ten who knew the fourteen pūrvas, twenty-six hundred who had clairvoyant knowledge, twenty-five hundred and fifty-one who had mind-reading knowledge, twenty-eight hundred who were omniscient, seventy-three hundred who had the art of transformation, sixteen hundred disputants, two hundred thousand, less sixteen thousand, laymen, and three hundred and seventy-two thousand laywomen constituted the retinue of the Ford wandering over the earth for twenty-one thousand years, less three years, from the time of his omniscience.

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