Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

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

Part 4: Birth of Mahāpadma

Prajāpāla’s jīva completed its life, fell from Acyuta, and descended into Queen Jvālā’s womb. A son, indicated by fourteen great dreams, was borne by Queen Jvālā, named Mahāpadma, the abode of all the Śrīs. The two  brothers grew up gradually and acquired all the arts through a teacher. King Padmottara knew, “He wishes to be a conqueror,” and wisely gave Mahāpadma the rank of heir-apparent.

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