Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Reincarnation of Purana (third of Malli’s six former friends) which is the ninth 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 9: Reincarnation of Pūraṇa (third of Malli’s six former friends)

Now Pūraṇa’s soul fell from Vaijayanta and became a king, named Rukmin, in Śrāvastī. By his wife Dhāraṇī he had a daughter Subāhu, endowed with remarkable beauty like a serpent-maiden. Because of the king’s affection, he had a special bathing ceremony[1] made carefully by her attendants in the four months’ (rainy season). One day when she had been bathed especially by her attendants and had put on divine ornaments, she went to pay her respects to her father. Her father seated her on his lap and said to the eunuch, “Has such a bathing-ceremony of a girl been seen anywhere?” He replied: “When I went at your command to Mithilā, I saw a better one on the birthday of Malli, the daughter of Kumbha. Her beauty, my lord, whose equal has not been seen, is incomprehensible even when described, but my word must be taken for it. After I have seen this jewel of a woman, never seen before, my tongue has taken a vow of silence in describing other women. Compared with her, other women are faded like left-over flowers. What value have mango-shoots compared with the shoot of a wishing-tree?”

After hearing this, because of affection that was created, King Rukmin at once sent a messenger to Kumbha to seek Malli.

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

This elaborate bath is described in Jñātā. 71 (p. 140, AS ed.). An ornamental bath-house is built and the princess bathed by attendants and gorgeously dressed and ornamented.

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