Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Previous births of Datta which is the third part of chapter V of the English translation of the Datta-nandana-prahlada-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Datta, Nandana and Prahlada in jainism refers to some of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 3: Previous births of Datta

Now in this southern half of Bharata in Jambūdvīpa there was a king, Mandaradhīra, in the city Śīlapura. He had a son, powerful, long-armed, an ocean of the jewels of good qualities, named Lalitamitra, the sun to the lotuses of friends. The minister Khala[1] affirmed, “He is arrogant,” rejected him, and established the king’s brother as heir-apparent. Then Lalitamitra, disgusted with existence from this humiliation, became a mendicant under Muni Ghoṣa-sena. Practicing austerities, evilly-disposed, he made a nidāna: “By this penance may I be able to kill the minister Khala.” He died without confessing the nidāna and became a powerful god in the heaven Saudharma.

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Pre-birth of Prahlāda.

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