Tirthankara Bhagawan Mahavira ► 15. Bravery Tested Again And He Is Bestowed The Title ‘Mahavira’

Posted: 25.05.2015

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15. Bravery Tested Again And He Is Bestowed The Title ‘Mahavira

The god who failed so miserably in his first attempt to frighten prince Vardhamanam decided to test his bravery again. Assuming the form of an ordinary child, he mingled with the group of children and suggested a novel game in which the victor was to be carried over his shoulders by the vanquished child. The god lost game to prince Vardhamana and offered to carry him on his shoulders. But as soon as he had the prince on his shoulders, the god started inflating his body at every jump, and ultimately he assumed a gigantic form. But prince Vardhamana visualized by means of his Avadhi knowledge that this is the same god who had tried to frighten him before and he gave a mighty blow on his shoulder with his clenched fists. The god could not withstand the blow and having assumed his original form, he bowed down to the prince and returned back to the heaven. Sakrendra and all the other gods hailed the victory of prince Vardhamana and exclaimed that he was ‘Mahavira’-’The Great Hero’. Since then he is universally known by that epithet.

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Title: Tirthankara Bhagawan Mahavira
Artist: Gokuldas Kapadia
Publishers: Jain Sanskruti Kala Kendra & Shri Parshwa Padmavati Trust, Bombay

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