Kumarpal Puja Katha
Do the souls not get great fruit of even a slight worship performed to
Lord Jinesvara ? To explain : a pumpkin gourd creeper, though small in
size, present big fruits to its nourisher.
Even a little
service to Lord Mahavir brings better results. In this regard the Gujarat
King Kumarapala born of Caulukya dynasty and the Staunch devotee of Lord
Mahavira is celebrated as an example.
There lived a
Ksatriya called Jaitra who was surrounded by his servant - plunderers in
the slum area situated in Malava region.
Though kind by
nature used to being in conact with thieve, he looted many caravans &
Once a merchant named Jesala along with
hunderds of other merchants with him was proceeding with a desire to trade
to some city carrying ten thousands beasts loaded with goods on their
backs. wicked robbers came to know of it.
Kshatriya got all the traders robbed by his robbers. Then their leader
Jesala being extremely angry returned to his city.
group leader - Jesala reached the city, requested the king and taking
king's army with him, returned to the robber's colony and killed all the
The extremely cruel merchant chief
even the kid of Jaitra Ksatriya and returned to his city with all his
There the King decried Jesala as one
who committed the act of infanticide. So out of detachment, he became a
monk and began to practise austerity.
Ksatriya, desirous of living, emerged out of the adversity any how and
came to the city named Urangabala in Andhra.
abala city Jaitra Kshatriya having no food-provision, and hence having
been distressed and facing poverty got himself employed as a servant to
the Merchant named Odhara.
On hearing constantly the
discourse from Acarya Sri Yasobhadra that Jaitra Ksatriya became religious
I shall never kill innocent creatures. I shall
never tell a lie- such and the like vows Jaitra Kshatriya took before
Acarya Sri Yasovijaya.
Once, on the eve of an annual
celebration master Odhara, putting on neat and well washed clothes,
accompained by Jaitra Ksatriya, went to the Jain temple to venerate Lord
On seeing all the people there in nice clothes
and ornaments performing adoration, Jaitra Ksatriya began to think this
Oh ! these are fortunate in this birth due to their
precious good actions and indeed, their next birth will be a fortunate
Magha also says (in his Sisupalavadham i.e.
Narada's statement to Lord Visnu) : "O Lord your
vision in the present birth destroys sins of the embodied souls; it is the
root-cause of forthcoming blessed life and the present birth is, even the
result of good actions in the previous life. So your vision exhibits the
fitness of the souls."
So I will also adore Lord
Jinesvara very soon, because the adoration to Lord Jinesvara only, is the
root cause of all riches.
Thinking Thus he, after having
purchased flowers by nine coins earned in gambling, worshipped Lord
He became purified through faith raised to
adore Lord Jinesvara and got absorbed in Lora's adoration. He observed a
fast also on the instruction from his holymaster on that very day.
After death Jaitra, reborn as Kumarpala, became the King of Gujarat
province. He was a staunch devotee of Arhat, the master Odhara became
Udayana, Jesala became Jaysimha, the leader of Sangha, and Yashobhadra was
reborn as Hemacandracarya.
For the first time king
Kumarpal proclaimed unprecedented non-violence in eighteen regions like
Konkana Maharastra, Kila, Jalandhara, Padalaksa, Mewar, Diu, Kasitata,
Karnataka, Gujarat, Lata, Saurastra, Kaccha, Sindh, Ucca, Bhabberi, Marwar
and Malava, during even the adverse period of Kali era.
In ancient times King Srenika, whom Lord Mahavira preached religious
sermons and who had the wise minister named Abhaya, could not enforce
Non-killing, while King Kumarapala receiving religious preaching from Rev.
Hemacandracarya, did it effortlessly. May Rev. Hemacandracarya be
O King Kumarapala ! be blessed. Devendra -
the king of the heaven bows and prays with bliss to Rev. Hemacandracarya
the preceptor of the king of Srinagara (Ahmedabad). "Through enforcement
of Non-killing, you have bestowed fearlessness upon the deespotted moon,
the masculine baffalo of the god - Yama, acqua creatures of Varunadeva and
a fish, a boar as well as a tortoise of Lord Vishnu - well done ! bravo !
Thus implementing the sovereign ruling of the religion for his whole life
King Kumarapala (as a result of that deed) will be born as the foremost
Ganadhara of Lord Padmanabha Jinesvara.
Thus, a peak of
prosperity results from even a little (simple) adoration of Lord Jinesvara.
Therefore, among all religious rituals Lord Jinesvara's adoration should
be inevitably performed.