Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Harishena’s parents (king Mahahari and queen Mera) which is the third part of chapter XII 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 3: Hariṣeṇa’s parents (king Mahāhari and queen Merā)

Now there is a capital city, Kāmpīlya by name, the ornament of Pañcāladeśa, equal to heaven in magnificence, unshakable by enemies. Mahāhari was its king, like Hari in strength, the ornament of the Ikṣvāku family, famous on earth. His queen was Merā, lotus-faced, ornamented with good conduct, making the earth adorned with her beauty.

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