Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Marriage with Gandhari which is the eighth part of chapter VI of the English translation of the Neminatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Neminatha in jainism is the twenty-second Tirthankara (Jina) and one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Now, in the city Puṣkalāvatī in the country Gāndhāra, there was a king, Carudatta, son of Nagnajit. He had a sister Gāndhāri, beautiful in form, like one by whom a challenge had been given even to the Khecarīs by her wealth of grace. At the death of their father, Carudatta was defeated by the (other) heirs and appealed by a messenger to Kṛṣṇa who was a refuge for protection. Hari went to the Gāndhāras, slew the heirs in battle, and married Gāndhārī who was given by Carudatta. Hari gave her a house near Padmāvatī’s house. So there were eight chief-queens of Kṛṣṇa, who occupied houses in succession.

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