Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Nami’s moksha (emancipation) which is the twelfth part of chapter XI of the English translation of the Jain Ramayana, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. This Jain Ramayana contains the biographies of Rama, Lakshmana, Ravana, Naminatha, Harishena-cakravartin and Jaya-cakravartin: all included in the list of 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 12: Nami’s mokṣa (emancipation)

Knowing that it was time for his emancipation, the Lord went to Mt. Sammeta with a thousand monks and began a fast. At the end of a month on the tenth day of the black half of Vaiśākha in the constellation Aśvinī, the Master and the monks reached an abode from which there is no return. Lord Nami’s age was ten thousand years—twenty-five hundred as prince, five thousand as king, and twenty-five hundred in the vow. Six hundred thousand years elapsed from the nirvāṇa of Munisuvrata to the Lord Nami’s nirvāṇa. The Indras and the gods came there and held the emancipation-festival accompanied by funeral rites of Śrī Nami and his retinue.

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