Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Conquest of Bharata by Subhuma which is the sixth part of chapter IV of the English translation of the Subhuma-cakravartin-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Subhuma-cakravartin in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 6: Conquest of Bharata by Subhūma

As Rāma had made the earth free of Kṣatriyas seven times, so he (Subhūma) made it free of Brāhmans twenty-one times. Making new rivers flow with the blood of the masses of destroyed kings, elephants, horses, infantry, he conquered the east first. With the ground adorned with the trunks of many soldiers cut down, he crossed the south like another regent of the southern quarter (Yama). Making the ocean’s shore bristle with soldiers’ bones like oyster-shells, he conquered the west. A Mt. Mandara in strength, the cave in Vaitāḍhya having been opened easily, he entered the north part of Bharata to conquer the Mlecchas. With the surface of the ground spread with a mass of blood spurting up, he destroyed the Mlecchas there, like an elephant sugar-cane. Cakrabhṛt Subhūma gave the rank of lord of the Vidyādharas of the two rows on Mt. Vaitāḍhya to Meghanāda.

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