Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Lantikapitri which is the fifteenth 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.

In the same place there was a householder, Lāntikāpitṛ, whose wealth was equal to Ānanda’s and his wife, named Phālgunī, who spoke little and beautifully. Hearing a sermon at the feet of Śrī Vīra Svāmin, he took lay vows and restrictions like Ānanda.

So there were ten chief lay-disciples of Śri Vira Svāmin, firm as mountains, who could not be shaken from their state as laymen even by gods.

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