by Helen M. Johnson | 1931 | 742,503 words
This page describes Mahashataka which is the thirteenth part of chapter VIII of the English translation of the Mahavira-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Mahavira in jainism is the twenty-fourth Tirthankara (Jina) and one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.
Vīra went to Rājagṛha and, attended by gods and asuras, stopped at the shrine Guṇaśila. There was a house-holder, Mahāśataka, whose wealth was equal to Culanīpitṛ’s, who had thirteen wives, Revatī and others. Revatī had eight crores of gold and eight herds. The others had one crore of gold and one herd each. Like Culanīpitṛ he took the lay vows and restrictions and gave up women except the wives.