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5th bhav

Raja Aparajit and Pritimati

In the Purva-Videha (Eastern Part of Videha Kshetra), there was city by the name Sinhpur in Padma region. King Harinandi was the Lord of that region, and Priyadarshana was his Queen. The soul of Chitragati, after completing his life-span in Mahedra Devlok, was born in the womb of Queen Priyadarshana and at this time, she saw auspicious dreams. Upon his birth, he was named Aparajit Kumar by the king. He was taken care of by a whole army of maids and began spending his childhood with great happiness and comfort. As the time came, he was educated in various arts and became adept at all of them. With the passage of time, he became a young man. Vimalbodh, the son of a minister, was his very close friend, with whom he had spent time playing and studying in his childhood days.

Once, Aparajitkumar and Vimalbodh went for recreation seated on their horses. But, the horses, with their tremendous speed, went out of control and took them deep inside a forest. Upon reaching there, the horses finally calmed down. Both the friends got off their horses under the shade of tree. Aparajit Kumar told to his friend: “Hey Friend! It’s good that the horses brought us here. Now we can explore this land and uncover its surprises. Saying these, the two of them progressed in their journey and owing to Aparajit Kumar’s unmatched valour, battle skills and meritorious deeds from the past, he conquered many kingdoms that came along the way and thereby, lived up to his name “Aparajit” (which means “unconquerable”). He also wed with the princesses of the kings that he defeated. Amongst them were Kanakkamala, the daughter of the King Koshal (the king of Koshal region), Ratnamala, the daughter of King Amrutsen (the king of Rathanpur, a city situation on the Vaitadhya mountains), Kamalini and Kumudini, the daughters of King Bhuvanbhanu (the king of a tribe called Vidyadhars) and Rambha, the daughter of King Suprabhraja (the king of Mandirpur). The prince continued ahead in his journey after leaving these princesses in the kingdoms of their own fathers and reached Kundpur, along with friend Vimalbodh. There, they were blessed to see a Kevali Bhagwant (an omniscient) who was seated on golden lotus. After three circumambulations around him, they sat down to hear His sermon, which was like nectar to the ears. When the sermon ended, the prince, who was an honest and God fearing person, asked the Bhagwant that, “O’ Lord! Am I Bhavya (one who shall attain emancipation) or Abhavya (one who never ever would get liberated)?” The Kevali Bhagwant replied, “O’ Prince! You are Bhayva. You will become 22nd Tirthankara in the Bharat Kshetra of Jambudweep and your friend Vimalbodh will be your first Gandhar.” They were elated upon hearing this. They continued further in their journey and worshipped various temples on the way before reaching the borders of Jananand city.

King Jitashatru who used to rule Jananand city had a virtuous wife named Dharini. Ratnavati’s soul upon completing her lifepan in Mahendra devlok, was born as the daughter of queen Dharini. She had an endearing presence that would please everyone, hence the king named her Pritimati (i.e. one with pleasing personality). As time progressed, she grew up to be a beautiful woman and mastered all the arts. Owing to her dexterity and mastery of arts, she made a decision that she would only marry someone who is able to defeat her in these arts. Upon learning this decision of princess, the King organized Swayamvar (a ceremony where princes from various kingdoms are invited and the princess chooses the prince she wishes to marry) and invited all worthy princes. No one was able to defeat Pritimati. Finally, it was the turn of Aparajit Kumar. On seeing the prince, the princess was instantly drawn towards him due to their long standing affection that spanned over several births. Prince Aparajitkumar answered all the questions of Pritimati and left her speechless. Pritimati instantly put the garland around Aparajit Kumar’s neck and accepted him as her husband. They were married on an auspicious day and King Jitashatru organized the wedding festivities. The minister of Jananand city also wed his daughter Rupmati to Vimabodh. Some time was spent there. Thereafter, at the instance of his father (King Harinandi), Aparajit Kumar, along with Pritimati and the entire family, left for his country. On the way, the prince took along all the princesses whom he had married earlier. Along with his wives, his friend Vimalbodh, various kings and with a huge army, he arrived in Sinhpur city. His convoy was such extravagant that it made the sky look small against it. King Harinandi and Queen Priyadarshana welcomed him with a mix of tears of joy and separation. Knowing that the prince was worthy to handle the kingdom, King Harinandi gave him his throne and crowned him as the king of Sinhpur. Harinanidi then renounced the world and took diksha and he finally attained liberation.

Pritimati became the chief queen and Vimalbodh became his minister. Manogati and Achalgati who were friends of Aparajit in the Devlok, were reborn as Aparajit’s younger brothers. King Aparajit made them heads of the ministries and ruled his kingdom with peace. He served the people of his kingdom with great dedication and spent his building various temples and organizing various ceremonial processions in the glory of Lord.
Once, King Aparajit was taking a stroll in the gardens when he saw a young man with very fine looks and various riches. He was instantly impressed with him and upon enquiring with his servants, learnt that he was Anangdev, the son of chieftain Samudrapal. He heard lots of good things about him as well as his riches, which impressed him even more. On the next day, when the king came out for a stroll, he saw a funeral procession on the way with lots of mourning. When the King asked his servants whose funeral procession it was, the servants replied, “O King! This is the funeral procession of same young man, Anangdev whom you saw yesterday” Hearing this, the King was taken aback and went into deep contemplation. He was completely shaken from inside by seeing these two vastly different scenes within a gap of one day. He felt great apathy towards worldly pleasures and with a heart full of grief, he came back to his quarters. At that time, the same Kevali Bhagwant whose sermon King Aparajit had listened to at Kundpur, travelled to this city knowing that the time was ripe impart teachings to the king and guide his way towards dharma. After listening to his sermons, King Aparjit handed over the reins of his kingdom to eldest son of queen Pritmati named Pdma. He then took the sacred vow of Diksha along with his queen Pritimati, his younger siblings Sur and Som and his friend Vimal Mantri. All of them strictly followed the conduct of monks and passed away in complete peace. They were all born as Samanik Dev (celestial beings who are equal to Indra in terms of their riches) in eleventh Devlok called Aaran and had great affection for each other here too.

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