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: 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...
Posted: 28.03.2011
 
A Story of Dharmalaxmi Cambay (Khambhat), once upon a time, used to be a renowned port, having trade links with a number of cities and towns in the country and outside. It is said that in those days of prosperity, there were about one hundred millionaires in that town. The inhabitants were all devout and the town could boast of 85 temples and 45 upashraya (home for monks and nuns). It was in Cambay that...
Posted: 21.03.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Bansala The ruler of Pruthvipur Jaisinh and his consort maharani Jaysena, though extremely rich were not happy as they were childless. The citizens were also worried as to who would inherit the throne. But, as good luck would have it, after thirty-five years of married life, Jaysena conceived and a prince was born to her. The entire kingdom went delirious and king Jaisinh’s joy knew no...
Posted: 21.03.2011
 
A Story of Sadhvi Bhadra Having listened to the inspiring spiritual discourse of Bhagwan Mahavir, Arnik’s parents accepted initiation and afterwards the father gave initiation to the son Arnik. Though the child Arnik became a monk, his daily functions like making a grass-bed and bringing alms were performed by the father himself. Despite the fact that the father had renounced the worldly life, he could not...
Posted: 18.10.2010
 
A Story of Sadhvi Ishvari Once there was severe famine not for a year or two but successively for twelve years. The family of Jindatt Sheth, a wealthy merchant of Soparak, was also caught in the grip of severe drought. It was very difficult to get even a mouthful of food. Finally it was decided that Jindatt, his wife Ishvari and the entire family should die together by taking poisonous food. Even to mix poison...
Posted: 17.10.2010
 
A Story of Sadhvi Rushidatta Dressed as a bride-groom, prince Kanakkumar along with his ministers, royal servants and guards, was passing through the jungle. On his way he saw that an aged ascetic was performing penance on a stone-seat and nearby him a beautiful girl was standing. Kanakkumar, son of king Hemrath, fell in love with the girl as soon as he saw her. Simultaneously he was surprised as to who would...
Posted: 16.10.2010
 
A Story of Sadhvi Padmavati and Prince Chitrasen Prince Chitrasen was attracted by the statue of a very beautiful woman and decided to find that woman at any cost. Ratnasar, the Prince’s friend, met Kevali Muni and said: “With the immense power of your knowledge, kindly let us know if there is such a princess like the one in a statue.” The Muni said: “This stone statue is a copy of princess Padmavati,...
Posted: 09.10.2010
 
A Story of Sadhvi Sunanda and Rupsen The life-sketches of Sunanda and Rupsen show the unusual way in which the theory of Karma operates. Having been a Sadhvi, Sunanda had imbibed the virtue of renunciation. As a result of her penance she had acquired clairvoyance. As she knew about her previous births, once she told her Guruni (female spiritual teacher) that she wanted to give sermon to a person named Rupsen,...
Posted: 07.10.2010
 
A Story of Sadhvi Shiyalvati Ajitsen, a minister to the king of Nandannagar, was highly intelligent. His wife Shiyalvati possessed profound knowledge of the science of omens (Sukan-shastra) and as Ajitsen used to carry out his business at auspicious moment as per her advice, his wealth continued to increase constantly. Once the king of Nandannagar attacked some other kingdom and he ordered his minister Ajitsen...
Posted: 03.10.2010
 
A Story of Sadhvi Mrugavat i Mrugavati was the daughter of Vaishali’s king Chetak and the get married to the Kaushambi’s king Shatanik; she used to have family relations with prince Vardhaman. Besides having all the virtues, she happened to possess immense skill in state affairs and administration, brought up as she was in the palatial atmosphere. Once an artist came to the court of Kaushambi. He had the...

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