Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Malli’s childhood which is the sixth part of chapter VI of the English translation of the Shri Mallinatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Shri Mallinatha in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 6: Malli’s childhood

After this ardent hymn of praise to the nineteenth Arhat, Śakra took her to Mithilā and laid her down near her mother. Because her mother had a pregnancy-whim to sleep on garlands, while she was still in embryo, the king gave her the name Malli.[1] Tended daily by five nurses appointed by Indra, she gradually grew up like a flower.

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

Malli means ‘jasmine,’ not ‘garland’; but the jasmine is very generally used in making garlands.

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