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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 14.03.2011
 
A Story of Puniya Shravak Puniya Shravak symbolized ideal worship and devotion. He was a devotee whose devotion was praised by Bhagwan Mahavir himself. A resident of Rajagriha he came under the spell of Mahavir’s discourses and began to practice aparigraha (abandonment of worldly possessions). He embraced poverty willingly and gave away all the wealth he had inherited from his father. He would be happy and...
Posted: 14.03.2011
 
A Story of Rohiniya Bhagwan Mahavir would cast a magic spell on whoever heard his sermon. His words would dispel darkness from the hearts of people and show them the true path. Such was the power of his words that they brought about change of heart of a thief named Rohiniya. Lohkhur was a hardened thief who lived in a cave in Vaibhargiri on the outskirts of Rajagriha. He had bequeathed the art of stealing and...
Posted: 10.03.2011
 
A Story of Ilachi Kumar In ancient times there was a town named Ilavardhan in which there lived a businessman named Dhandatta. He had a wife named Ilachi who gave birth to a very lovable and handsome boy. That being the only son, the parents deliberately kept him nameless. As a son of Ilachi, he came to be known as Ilachiputra. He was reared with all the loving care and attention in the midst of luxuries. In...
Posted: 07.03.2011
 
A Story of Pethadsha Pethadsha was very devout and built eighty-four temples, many upashrayas, a library and undertook extensive construction activity; but after the death of his father Dedasha, Pethadsha was reduced to poverty and his prosperous life came to an end. He approached Acharya Dharmaghoshsuri and expressed a desire for parigraha-pariman-vrat (vow of limiting one’s possessions). The guru foresaw a...
Posted: 07.03.2011
 
A Story of Prabhavati Once in Vitbhay, a city in Sindh, a mysterious box was kept in the plaza, brought by a sailor. The sailor said: “The box contains an idol of Bhagwan. He who would be able to open it, would be a very fortunate man. He would get all happiness desired by one and all.” Many saints, businessmen, artisans and others tried to open it but without any success. King Udayan was worried as did not...
Posted: 28.02.2011
 
A Story of Panchakhya Bharvahak Out of the five hundred labourers, who transported heavy loads, the most strongest was Panchakhya. He was also the leader of the group of labourers. A man of extraordinary strength, he could carry huge load on his head. The king was proud of him. He called him once and said: “When you lead the team of your labourers and walk along the road, you must not move aside and give way...
Posted: 28.02.2011
 
A Story of Patpade In the history of Rajasthan, there are many examples of illustrious, powerful Jains who had earned reputation as dewan (prime minister of the king) of the state by their integrity, valour and truthfulness. In the company of the Jain dewans, the rulers of Rajasthan also respected the practice of the Jain religion to show mercy and kindness towards the animals they also used to undertake...
Posted: 21.02.2011
 
A Story of Modi's Consort There are some outstanding women whose names are written in letters of gold: Chandanbala, Rajimati, Brahmi and Sundari, to name a few. They are remembered for their sterling character and for their piety and devoutness. Their spotless character and innate qualities would deter even the wicked and the evil-minded. It is rightly said: अमरा किं करायन्ते...
Posted: 21.02.2011
 
A Story of Nagila Bhavdev, the younger brother, also joined his elder brother Bhavdatta on the path of penance. At that time, the newly married Nagila was richly decorated with clothes and ornaments. Bhavdev told her: "My elder brother's desire is the last word for me. So henceforth I shall live a saintly life rather than of a worldly one." So saying, Bhavdev became a disciple of Susthit Acharya along with his...
Posted: 14.02.2011
 
A Story of Mallavadisuri This episode dates back to the golden period of Vallabhi in Saurashtra with the unusual prosperity of Jain sangh. In a holy town like this, Durlabhdevi gave birth to three sons - Ajityash, Yaksha and Malla. Ideal mother as she was, she had inculcated religious culture in accordance with the Jain religion in her sons and had accepted initiation along with her three sons from Acharya...
Posted: 14.02.2011
 
A Story of Manorama Sudarshan Sheth was a man of sterling character and was put to test very often. Queen Abhaya was the consort of king Dadhivahan of Champapuri city of a country called Ang. She was proud of her beauty and believed that she could ensnare any man. If apsaras (nymphs) could ensnare rishis (sages) who practised severe penance, it was easier for her to make an ordinary man like Sudarshan deviate...
Posted: 31.01.2011
 
A Story of Mahansinh The life of Mahansinh of Delhi symbolised staunch adherence to vows and the power of pratikraman (ritualized confession). His fame as a truthful person and pious devout had spread beyond the frontiers of Delhi. He was a devotee of Acharya Devsundersuri and Acharya Somsundersuri. Once he honoured a large contingent of Sadhu-Sanyasi (Jain and Hindu monks) at considerable expense, which was a...
Posted: 31.01.2011
 
A Story of Maharaj Kumarpal The life of Rajarshi (king with the attributes of a sage) Kumarpal symbolising bravery, justice and compassion and it is a glorious chapter in the saga of Jainism. Kumarpal, an apostle of non-violence, was a powerful monarch. As a man of exceptional talents, he had carved out a niche for himself not only in the history of Gujarat but of India and his life was full of some...
Posted: 24.01.2011
 
A Story of Mahamantri Abhaykumar The message of Bhagwan Mahavir had spread far and wide and the impact was felt by the common people as well as the kings and the emperors. One of the chief devotees of Bhagwan Mahavir was Shrenik Bimbisar, the king of Magadh. His son Abhaykumar was also Mahavir’s chief devotee and there are historical references about him in the records of the Swetambara and Digambara...
Posted: 24.01.2011
 
A Story of Lakshmipati There lived, in the city of Dhara in Malwa, a rich Shravak called Lakshmipati. He was a successful businessman. As a highly religious person, Lakshmipati was a philanthropist and whosoever came to his house, would not return empty-handed. Once Shridhar and Shripati, sons of a pandit (scholar) Krishnagupta of Benaras, happened to be in Dhara. The two were highly intelligent and well-versed...
Posted: 17.01.2011
 
A Story of Lacchidevi Bhakti (devotion) is something which is more valuable than any other possession one will like to have. The five kartavya (commandments) of Paryushan and the annual eleven kartavya of a shravak also emphasise the importance of bhakti. Lacchidevi is a shining example of devotion to religion. Lacchi Chhipan (Laxmi Bhavsar), wife of Tribhuvansinh of Karnavati, was on her way to the temple,...
Posted: 17.01.2011
 
A Story of Laxmi The history of Rajput era in Rajasthan is replete with the outstanding works of Jains. The rulers and kings of the age held the Jain munis, yatis and scholars in high esteem. The businessmen excelled in their chosen field and Jains were preferred for the responsible posts such as ministers, treasurers etc., for their honesty and loyalty. Similarly, Jains also occupied top positions in the army...
Posted: 10.01.2011
 
A Story of Kundaliyo Shravak Kundaliyo Shravak was a merchant by profession but he was a deep scholar of religious philosophy. Once he had gone to the town for selling ghee (purified butter), meanwhile he saw that Acharyasuri Ratnakarsuriji, seated in a palanquin, was going towards the royal palace. Along with the palanquin, numerous scholars were walking on foot and many armed soldiers were walking ahead and...
Posted: 10.01.2011
 
A Story of Kurgadu Muni Kurgadu Muni’s name is associated with the humane quality of forbearance. "Kur" means cooked rice and "gadu" means a kind of vessel. So that means that Munishri Kurgadu required a large vessel full of cooked rice in the morning and only then would he feel fit. This habit of his rice eating in the morning had become an object of mockery among other monks. But he could not go hungry, he...
Posted: 03.01.2011
 
A Story of Khemo Dedrani The Jain community has always rendered help to one and all in times of crises, especially in times of famines when the population suffered from acute scarcity of food grains and women and children died of hunger. The stories of the relief operations undertaken by the Jains have been written in letters of gold. All their wealth and riches are spent to alleviate the suffering of the...
Posted: 03.01.2011
 
A Story of Kosha Kosha, the court dancer of Patliputra, was alluringly lovely and highly accomplished in fine arts. The elder son of Mahamatya Shaktal was Sthulbhadra. He lived with courtesan Kosha in her house. She loved him passionately. After the death of his father, as a result of a conspiracy, he abdicated the title Mahamatya and decided to renounce the world. The initiation (diksha ) took place in the...
Posted: 27.12.2010
 
A Story of Karma Shah Tolashah of Chittod had immense agony. The glory and sanctity of the Shri Shatrunjaya Tirth that he used to worship everyday in the morning was being defiled at the hands of the foreigners. In the moment Tolashah came to know that Ahmmad Sikandar, son of Mohmmad Begado, had damaged and destroyed "derasar" and other idols of Shatrunjaya Tirth, he became restless. His deep religious faith...
Posted: 27.12.2010
 
A Story of Kshullak Muni Kshullakkumar had listened to the preaching of his mother and other monks for years together but the concepts of restraint, renunciation or detachment did not appeal or move him at all. His mother had granted him initiation at a very early age of eight but because of long-standing delusion of mind, his lustful desires did not vanish. In accordance with the promise given to his mother,...
Posted: 20.12.2010
 
A Story of Kapil Kevali Jain philosophy very specifically mentions that human desires are as infinite as the sky itself. Muni Shri Kapil Kevali’s life is one such rare instance of unique divine light that dawns on a person who abandons worldly life full of infinite desires. Kapil, son of the state minister Kashyap of Kaushambi city, was brought up in indulgence and had therefore remained totally unlettered...
Posted: 20.12.2010
 
A Story of Kabhai Barot Sultan Mohmmad Begado, at that time, ruled Gujarat. He ascended the throne at the age of thirteen and began annexing one state after another to the state of Gujarat. He indulged in forced conversions of the defeated populace. Those who refused to convert to Islam were ruthlessly killed. He invaded Junagadh three times during 1467 to 1469 CE and defeated Ra Mandlik, the king of Junagadh...
Posted: 29.11.2010
 
A Story of Durgatanari Jain religion believes that even a small good deed can annihilate karma and pave the way for soul’s liberation. Any religious act, therefore, has to be selfless. Durgatanari was Mahavir’s contemporary and her life symbolize utter selfless devotion. She was extremely poor and eked out her living by collecting small logs in the forest and selling them. Once she learnt about the arrival...
Posted: 29.11.2010
 
A Story of Gangama The tradition of nagarseth (a respectable citizen of a city) is a glorious chapter of inshasan. Sheth Shantidas was a generous and highly religious nagarsheth. Harkunvar, Gangama, Mohiniba etc. were other names respected in society for their sterling qualities and they all belonged to the respectable family of Sheth Shantidas. Gangaben, the wife of Sheth Dalpatbhai, was a highly religious...
Posted: 22.11.2010
 
A Story of Chelana Rani It was Chelana Rani who inculcated noble sentiments and love for religion in Shrenik, the king of Magadh. Her life was one of ups and downs. King Shrenik had heard that Chelana’s elder sister Sujyeshtha was very attractive and sent, through a messenger, his marriage proposal to king Chetak. Chetak declined the offer which hurt Shrenik’s pride. His minister Abhaykumar promised him...

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