Posted: 06.07.2013
 
Shalibhadra Once there lived a poor woman and her son in a small village. One day, there was a festival in the village and all the kids, including the poor boy, were playing together. After playing, all except the poor boy, started to eat Kheer (rice pudding) that they had brought with them. The poor boy did not have Kheer to eat. He felt bad and ran home to his mother. He asked her if she would make some Kheer...
Posted: 08.05.2013
 
Gautam Swami In 607 B. C., in the village of Gobargaon, a Brahmin couple called Vasubhuti and Prithvi Gautam (family name) had a son named Indrabhuti. He was tall and handsome. He had two younger brothers named Agnibhuti and Vayubhuti. All three were well versed in the Vedas and other rituals at an early age. They were very popular and great scholars in the state of Magadh. Each one of them had 500 disciples...
Posted: 16.07.2012
 
A Story of Jayanti An illustrious feminine figure of Bhagwan Mahavir's time is shravika Jayanti. She was the daughter of king Saharsanik of Kaushambi and sister of king Shatanik and aunt of king Udayan, a great devotee of Bhagwan Mahavir. She had immense faith in the Jain religion. She knew quite well the philosophy of Bhagwan Mahavir and had a thorough understanding of jiva (sentient) and ajiva (insentient)...
Posted: 19.06.2012
 
શ્રી માણિભદ્રદેવ જીવનચરિત્ર [Sri Manibhadradeva Jivanacarita] ઉજ્જૈનમાં માણેકશાહ નામના એક શેઠ સોદાગર વસતા હતા. માણેક ના જન્મથી માતા પિતાને ખુબ આંનદ થયો હતો. જન્મોત્સવ ઉજવેલ હતો...
Posted: 17.10.2011
 
A Story of Trishalamata It was Trishalamata who gave birth to an illustrious son Vardhaman who turned out to be mankind's saviour. She has, therefore, been a venerable lady. She was the queen of king Siddharth and the sister of king Chetak of Vaishali. Her motherhood has been a source of inspiration to millions throughout the world and writers have delineated her life very vividly. The god Harinaigmeshi...
Posted: 10.10.2011
 
A Story of Vikramaditya Hemu Vikramaditya Hemu is renowned in history as a powerful warrior and an adept strategist. For his matchless prowess, he earned the title of 'God of war'. The story of his life is like an oasis in the Mugal history. Historians like Badauni and Abul Fazal have praised the reign of Vikramaditya Hemu who ruled Delhi for six months. The son of a Jain layman of Mandovar, he started as an...
Posted: 10.10.2011
 
A Story of Tilakmanjari विद्वान सर्वत्र पूजयते । The learned are worshipped everywhere. King Munj and king Bhoj of Dhara held poet Dhanpal in high esteem for Dhanpal was a very learned man, and a poet of a high order. Munj considered him as his son and had conferred on him the title 'kurchal Saraswati' (goddess Saraswati with a beard and moustache). King Bhoj had...
Posted: 03.10.2011
 
A Story of Upadhyay Shri Udayratnaji There are numerous tales and anecdotes about the holy power of Shri Udayratnaji Maharaj. In V.S. 1750, the Chha'ri sangh (a congregation on pilgrimage practising six special vows) had undertaken a journey from Kheda to Shankheshwar at his inspiration and under his guidance. The ruling Thakor of Shankheshwar at that time used to collect tax of one guinea from the pilgrims and...
Posted: 03.10.2011
 
A Story of Vanraj Chavda Vanraj Chavda, the founder of the Chavda empire, was a powerful ruler of Gujarat. Many Jain saints, brave soldiers and a host of eminent personalities lived during his reign. Jaishikhari, Vanraj's father, was defeated by king Bhuvad in a battle and his pregnant wife queen Roopsundari, accompanied by brother Surpal, hid herself in a forest. Vanraj was born and brought up in the forest...
Posted: 26.09.2011
 
A Story of Upadhyay Shri Yashovijayji If someone utters the word upadhyayji it would mean Shrimad Yashovijayji Upadhyay. 'So says Upadhyayji' is regarded as the final word and ultimate authority in scriptural matters. His contemporary monks regarded him as the sarvajna (omniscient) in matters of the scriptures and also as shrutkevali (scripture - omniscient). Author of more than 100 books in Sanskrit, Prakrut...
Posted: 26.09.2011
 
A Story of Shri Vajraswami Life of Shri Vajraswami, born yogi and the tenth and the last purvadhar , was a unique combination of penance, accomplishment and religious pursuit. The most outstanding feature of his life is that he acquired the knowledge of jati-smaran (memory of past birth) as soon as he was born. From the day he was born, he went for renunciation of worldly life and he lived as a devoted ascetic...
Posted: 07.09.2011
By Hermann Jacobi, W. Norman Brown
This introduction to the story of Citra and Sambhūta is compiled from a summary of the tale by W. Norman Brown (Manuscript Illustrations of the Uttarādhyayana Sūtra, New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1941, pp. 18-19) and the translation of the Prakrit passages by Hermann Jacobi (Jaina Sutras II, The Sacred Books of the East Vol. 45, Oxford 1895, Reprint Delhi 2004, pp.56-61). The Story of Citra and...
Posted: 18.08.2011
By Nipun Jain
रक्षा बंधन - वात्सल्य अंग विष्णुकुमार-अकम्पनाचार्य मुनि कथा Rakṣā bandhana (vātsalya aṅga) - the name itself is meaningful: “rakṣā” implies protection and “bandhana” signifies the protective approach. It is an affirmation to protect and it describes the parental affection of the dēva śāstra...
Posted: 02.08.2011
 
A Story of Sulsa Bhagwan Mahavir was once giving his discourses in Champanagari and he saw Ambad parivrajak (wandering monk) proceeding towards Rajgruhi. He stopped him and said, "On reaching Rajgruhi, tell Shravika Sulsa that Mahavir has wished her dharmalabh " (increase in righteousness). Ambad parivrajak started thinking about Sulsa and her piety and devoutness since Bhagwan Mahavir also held her in high...
Posted: 02.08.2011
 
A Story of Sushila Subhadra, a leading merchant of Pruthvipur, was a Jain who observed twelve vows. Once upon a time he had to visit Rajpur for trading purpose and he happened to stay at Sheth Jindas' home. Subhadra, Jindas's daughter was known as Sushila because of her good character. Considering Sushila's religiosity, her father got her married to Subhadra. One incident that took place just in the beginning...
Posted: 26.07.2011
 
A Story of Sonal There are four steps to practise true religion: daan (charity), tap (penance), sheel (purity of character) and bhaav (good intention). Out of these, sheel is considered an ornament of soul. Jainism stresses the importance of sheel not only for Sadhus but even for the householders. It is said that Emperor Akbar was impressed by the impeccable character (sheel) of Sonal, the wife of one of his...
Posted: 26.07.2011
 
A Story of Subhadra Sati Subhadra was having deep and intense religious devotion and unfading fidelity to her husband but suddenly there was an unexpected calamity in her life. An incident took place which brought a blot on her pure virtuous name. When everyone deserted her, her innate honesty and virtuosity stood by her and saw her through the greatest test of life. Subhadra was the daughter of Jindas, a...
Posted: 19.07.2011
 
A Story of Kundkundacharya Kundkundacharya was born in Kondkunde village during the first half of the first century A.D. He is known by five other names i.e. Padmanandi, Kundkund, Vakragriva, Elacharya and Grudhrapichchha. However, there prevails a difference of opinion regarding the authenticity of these names. But this much is certain that his name was Padmanandi but true to the Dravid tradition, he came to...
Posted: 19.07.2011
 
A Story of Suracharya Suracharya also occupies an important position among the first rank of versatile Acharyas (head of a medicant group) of the Solanki period in Gujarat. His scholarship was profound while his poetic power was matchless. In his teaching, he never allowed or tolerated any short-coming or lethargy. In case any of his pupils made mistakes in his lesson, he was beaten with a wooden stick of a...
Posted: 11.07.2011
 
A Story of Shridevi Born in Kakar village, Shridevi blazed a trail and carved out a niche in the history of Gujarat. In her one finds a combination of insight and a streak of adventure. She would find a way out of a seemingly difficult situation and no adversity would scare her. King Bhuvad invaded Panchasar on the outskirts of the Ran of Kutch. King Jayshikhari of Panchasar fought very bravely but died in the...
Posted: 11.07.2011
 
A Story of Siddhasen Diwakarsuri Highly learned scholar Siddhasen of the court of king Vikramaditya of Ujjayini was proud and arrogant about his being undefeated in scriptural discussion and debate everywhere with many a versatile scholar. Siddhasen used to say that he would become a lifelong disciple of any person who would defeat him in such a debate. Meanwhile, he happened to hear about a reputed logician...
Posted: 04.07.2011
 
A Story of Acharya Hirvijaysuri Once Emperor Akbar was looking towards the main road from the balcony of his royal palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Meanwhile he saw a huge procession passing by, wherein at the centre a Jain laywoman (shravika) named Champa sat in splendour and attired in expensive clothes. On inquiry, the emperor came to know that the shravika had undertaken fast for 6 months during which she had...
Posted: 04.07.2011
 
A Story of Acharya Padliptasuri Acharyashri Padliptasuriji's life is an illustrious example of rare combination of miracles achieved through unusual power and books composed on the strength of imagination. He was born in Ayodhya situated on the banks of Saryu and Ganga. Fullachandra, his father was a rich businessman of the town and Pratima, his mother was a beautiful and virtuous woman. It was because of...
Posted: 27.06.2011
 
A Story of Sheth Motisha Jain religion cares not only for human beings but also for mute animals, especially ones which cannot fend for themselves and have become useless for any work. Cattle homes are set up for such animals where they are provided fodder and are looked after. When one thinks of such cattle-homes, one inevitably remembers the name of Sheth Motisha. Motichand, son of Sheth Amichand of Cambay,...
Posted: 27.06.2011
 
A Story of Sheth Shantidas Nagarsheth (chief, respectable person in a city) Shantidas Jhaveri was a devout person who espoused many a social, religious and cultural cause. Kshatriya (warrior caste) by caste, Shantidas was the son of Sahasrakiran and had forged close ties with Mugal emperors such as Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, Muradbux and Aurangzeb. He enjoyed the trust of the emperor and was allowed to enter...
Posted: 20.06.2011
 
A Story of Sheth Jagdusha Jagdusha was a well-known philanthropist and was a staunch practitioner of non­violence. It so happened that once his ship got stuck in the sea near the Saurashtra coastline in the south. It was believed that if the eye of a particular goddess fell on the ship, it would be burnt to ashes. Apprehensive of the deity's curse, Jagdusha went to the temple and observed fast for three days...
Posted: 20.06.2011
 
A Story of Sheth Javadsha The ancient city Madhumati in Saurashtra is the present port Mahuva. Javadsha ruled over twelve villages of Mahuva. A gallant warrior he could, it was said, fight a tiger unarmed. Brave Javadsha's wife was Sushiladevi. They were defeated, through deception, by the Muslim soldiers and were taken to their country and treated as slaves. Javadsha and his wife were allowed all liberties...
Posted: 13.06.2011
 
A Story of Sava-Soma Savchand Sheth of Saurashtra had a flourishing business. It transcended the limits of his own state and had spread overseas. In the business world in Delhi, Agra and Ahmedabad he had tremendous goodwill, and it was said that his promissory-note would never bounce. Once he lost about twelve ships laden with precious goods, in the high seas. It was a grievous blow to Savchand. The loss was...
Posted: 13.06.2011
 
A Story of Senapati Abhu The huge Muslim army invaded Anhilpur Patan, the capital of Gujarat. King Bhimdev II, the last king of the Solanki empire, was away and people were worried as to who would protect them. The chief of the army was Abhu, a Jain Rajput, who was recently appointed on the post. Being new to the post, he was not in a position to provide leadership to the army. Moreover the army personnel were...
Posted: 06.06.2011
 
A Story of Shasansamrat Shri Vijaynemisuri Acharyashri Vijaynemisurishwarji had earned the title of the most competent Suri Chakravarti of the twentieth century. Right at the beginning of his saintly life Acharyashri had identified aims of his life, first of which was enhancement of knowledge. Besides preservation of scriptures, book-writing and publishing, he also provided useful guidance regarding systematic...
Posted: 06.06.2011
 
A Story of Shri Shayyambhavacharya Shri Prabhavswami, a great disciple of Jambuswami, was worried about his successor as he was getting old. Acharyashri Prabhavswami himself had taken over the Acharyapad (head of a medicant group) at a very old age of ninety four so he was anxiously looking for some deserving person to whom the responsibilities of Shrisangh (congregation) could be entrusted. Finally his search...
Posted: 30.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Devananda Bhagwan Mahavir had his fourteenth 'rainy' residence (Chaturmasa) in the Bahusal garden near Brahman Kund. Having heard the news of his arrival, Brahman Rishabhadatta and his wife Devananda arrived in a chariot to Bahusal garden. They paid their respects and bowed to him and thereafter they listened to his preaching. All the while, Devananda was incessantly staring at Bhagwan...
Posted: 30.05.2011
 
A Story of Samprati Maharaj Emperor Samprati, the grandson of Emperor Ashok, occupied a place of pride among the contemporary emperors. Emperor Ashok and his grandson Samprati endeavoured to propagate Indian culture throughout the world. Known as Indrapalit, Sangat and Vigatashok, Emperor Samprati was enthroned in 230 B.C., but he had been handling the administrative duties long before. King Samprati was once...
Posted: 23.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Chandanbala Mahasati (female ascetic) Chandanbala occupies a unique place among the leading 16 satis of Jain relegious history. Besides being learned, virtuous and devoted to penance, she became the first sadhvi (nun) of the sadhvi sangh (order of nuns) founded by Bhagwan Mahavir and thereafter she enjoyed the honour of being the first sadhvi-president (head of the order of nuns) of 35000...
Posted: 23.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Yaksha In the annals of Indian history, during the times of the kings of Nand dynasty, the Jain religion had a widespread following and extensive propagation. Pataliputra's Nandraja Mahapadma's chief minister Shaktal was an ascetic's votary; his wife Lanchhandevi was a religious teacher. They had two sons Sthulbhadra and Shriyak and also seven daughters, namely Yaksha, Yakshdatta, Bhuta,...
Posted: 16.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Tarangvati Sadhvi Tarangvati had gone to seek for alms in the region ruled by king Kunik. Having seen her peerless beauty, the wife of a rich merchant became curious to know as to what might have compelled this extremely beautiful woman to renounce the worldly life. As she repeatedly asked and requested her to let her know the secret of such a renunciation, sadhvi Tarangvati ultimately told...
Posted: 16.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Yakini Mahattara Two disciples of Acharya Haribhadrasuriji, namely Hans and Paramhans were killed at the hands of followers of other religion. Acharyashri suffered great mental commotion. The shock of the killing of his loving disciples caused a sense of revenge in him. Acharyashri decided to kill 1444 students and lecturers of Bauddha Vihar by roasting them alive in boiling oil. Anger and...
Posted: 09.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Rukmini A great personality and a great saint Arya Vajra had arrived at Pataliputra and was staying near the garden outside the city. Almost the entire city had been out for his darshan. Rukmini, the only child of Pataliputra’s richest merchant, had also gone to the garden with her friends. All of them - the young and the old - were engrossed in the heavenly delight of the religious...
Posted: 09.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Sukumalika Princess Sukumalika was extremely beautiful. Both her brothers had accepted initiation from the Jainacharya and their faces too glowed with the luster of sainthood. The princess also desired to follow the path of her brothers. Great and glorious is the path of penance. It destroys the karmic bondage and leads to the path of salvation. Leaving behind the luxury and pleasures of royal...
Posted: 02.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Pushpachula Sadvi Pushpachula’s life-sketch is a unique example of devotion to guru (spiritual teacher). Queen Pushpavati, the wife of Pushpaketu, the king of Pruthvipur, gave birth to twins - a baby-girl and a baby-boy. The boy was named Pushpachul and the girl was named Pushpachula. There was great love between the brother and the sister so much so that they could not stay apart even for a...
Posted: 02.05.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Rudrasoma Somdev was a royal priest to the king of Dashpur. His wife Rudrasoma gave birth to a brilliant child named Aryarakshit. An authority on Vedas (the oldest sacred books of the Hindus) and a learned man, Somdev was immensely loved both by the king and the people. His wife Rudrasoma was held in high respect by the common people because of her intense love for the Jain religion. Somdev...
Posted: 25.04.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Pahinimata Pahini was the wife of Sheth Sachig of Dhandhuka and was a sister of the renowned merchant Neminath. One night Pahini dreamt that somebody was prompting her to accept the divine jewel named Chintamani. She accepted the jewel in her dream and dedicated that jewel to her guru. She had tears of joy in her eyes and just at that time her eyes opened. Pahini thought that as gurudev...
Posted: 25.04.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Poyani It is an outstanding feature of the Jain religion that along with the monks, it has also accorded a respectable place to nuns. A look at the order of Jain nuns would give an idea that women from all castes, creeds and classes have been admitted to it for spiritual pursuit, without any narrow minded considerations. It is not that only women from the royal families, having abundant...
Posted: 18.04.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Manorama Princess Manorama was young and wallowing in luxuries. She enjoyed all conceivable material comforts. To top it all, she was alluringly lovely. She thought: “I am beautiful, rich and happy. I want my husband also to be equally rich and handsome. I will get betrothed to such a man.” Manorama enjoyed life to the hilt. Cupid, the love-god, had struck his arrows and she became...
Posted: 18.04.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Narmadasundari Narmadasundari, holder of 64 feminine arts, was married to Maheshvardalta. After her marriage, she greatly impressed her in-laws by her strict pursuit of Jain religion. Once upon a time, Narmadasundari was standing in a balcony and she spat the chewed betel leaf which fell on the head of a monk who happened to pass along the street. The monk looked up and told her that for...
Posted: 11.04.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Madanrekha Yugbahu was the younger brother of king Manirath of Sudarshanpur. His wife Madanrekha was extremely beautiful. Manirath was infatuated by Madanrekha’s beauty and by sending to her some precious ornaments, clothes and fragrant flowers he conveyed his desire for copulation with her. Madanrekha explicitly told him that it did not befit him to think of his younger brother’s wife...
Posted: 11.04.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Malaysundari It was love at first sight between Malaysundari and Mahabalkumar. It was so steadfast a bond between the two that they could weather many a storm before and after their marriage. Malaysundari was the daughter of king Virdhaval and queen Champakmala of Prithvisthanpur. Mahabalkumar was the son of king Surpal. Malaysundari’s step-mother Kanakvati had tried to create a rift between...
Posted: 04.04.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Durgandharini The biography of Sadhvi Durgandharani reveals the transience of worldly pleasures and the glory of life dedicated to penance. Once king Shrenik and his minister Abhaykumar were enjoying the gaiety of a fair in disguise, while they were also trying to assess opinion of the people. At that time a girl was also engrossed in watching the fair and unwittingly she put her hand on the...
Posted: 04.04.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Kalavati Kalavati was the wife of Shankhraja, the king of Ujjain. The story of queen Kalavati’s life is an illustration of a life lived with chaste character. Once as part of rejoicing over her being pregnant, great festivity took place in the palace. On this happy occasion, her brother sent a boxful of ornaments. Kalavati put on jewel-studded bangles which used to give out light in the...
Posted: 28.03.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Bhadramata Bhadra was the wife of a rich merchant of Rajagriha named Gobhadra. They had a son named Shalibhadra and a daughter named Subhadra. With the combination of business acumen of his mother and divine assistance of his father, Shalibhadra enjoyed abundant riches. He was married to 32 young girls, all having the qualities of beauty, virtue and chastity. Once a merchant from Nepal had...

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