Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Ara’s moksha (emancipation) which is the twelfth 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 12: Ara’s mokṣa (emancipation)

Knowing that it was time for his emancipation the Master went to Sammeta with a thousand munis and commenced a fast. At the end of a month on the twelfth day of the bright half of Mārga, the moon being in Pauṣṇa, the Master and the munis went to the eternal abode.

The Lord lived for eighty-four thousand years, equally divided as prince, king, cakrin, and monk. The emancipation of Śrī Ara Jīneśvara took place a fourth of a palya less one thousand crores of years after the emancipation of Śrī Kunthu. The Indras came, held with devotion the emancipation-festival of Aranātha who had attained emancipation with the munis, and cremated the bodies at the same time.

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