Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Birth of Bali which is the third part of chapter III of the English translation of the Ananda-purushapundarika-bali-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Ananda, Purushapundarika and Bali in jainism refers to some of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Now in the city Ariñjaya on Mt. Vaitāḍhya there was a well-known Vidyādhara-king, Meghanāda, to whom power over the two rows (of cities) had been given by Cakrin Subhūma. He was the father of Padmaśrī, the wife of the same cakrabhṛt. Suketu’s soul, after it had wandered through existence was born as the Prativiṣṇu Bali in Meghanāda’s family in this same city. He, with a life-term of fifty thousand years, black, twenty-six bows tall, became the ruler of three parts (of Bharata).

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