Shri Amar Muni
VASUPUJYA BHAGAVAN -12
King Padmottar ruled over Mangalavati town of
Ardhapushkar island. He was a person devoted to spiritual pursuits. In
later part of his life he took Diksha from Acharya Vajranabh. Reducing the
tarnish of Karma by penance and spiritual practices he earned the
Tirthankar-nam-and-gotra-karma and incarnated as a god in the Pranat
Vasupujya was the king of Champa town in the Bharat
sub-continent. His queen was Jaya Devi. Besides being a great warrior King
Vasupujya was a compassionate and charitable person. The queen too was
benevolent and she inspired the king in his charitable activities.
The being that was Padmottar was born to queen Jaya
Devi. It is said that when the queen was pregnant, the king of gods came
to convey his veneration to the future Tirthankar and his mother. As Indra
is also known as Vasu, the new born was named Vasupujya (venerated by Vasu).
As Vasupujya grew, so grew his inherent detachment and
apathy for mundane affairs. He had no attraction for the regal splendor
and grandeur. When he became young his parents wanted him to marry but he
declined. He even conveyed that he had no intention of ascending the
throne. In spite of all persuasions from his family members, he renounced
the worldly life and became a Shraman on the fifteenth day of he dark half
of the month of Phalgun along with six hundred other persons.
The intensity of his spiritual practices was so deep
that he became an omniscient within one month. At that moment he was
practicing under a Patal tree in a garden outside Champa town. He
established the four pronged religious ford and preached for a long
The second Vasudev, Dwiprishtaha, was his devotee. He
and his brother Baldev Shrivijay conquered Prativasudev Tark and brought
his oppressive rule to an end. Shrivijay later joined the ascetic order of
Bhagavan Vasupujya got Nirvana in Champa town on the
fourteenth day of the bright half of the month of Ashadh.