- Chandragupta once saw 16 dreams & asked their meanings to Jain muni Bhadrabahuji, who was the last Shrut-kevali.
According to these dreams, there was going to be a great famine for 12 yrs in the central India & the forthcoming time was not good for Jina-dharma.
Bhadrabahu muni was the head of the entire jain sangh that time.He decided to go to South for the time of famine, so that they could keep up the muni-dharma .
Chandragupta also took Jina-deeksha from Bhadrabahuji & became jain-muni.
Let me mention that - Vrihadkathakosh is written by Harisen muniji (900 AD), Poet Raidhoo lived around Vikram samvat 1450.
Triloypannati granth (around 1st century BC), also describes about Chandragupta & Chanakya alongwith their relationship with Jain muni Bhadrabahu.
Also remember that Digamber jain text mentions 2 Bhadrabahu munis, one which I am describing that is who was at the time of Chandragupta Maurya, & the other was at the time of King Kharvel of Kalinga.
There is a time gap of about 3oo yrs between the 2 munis.
The shilalekhs of Shravanbelgola (Gomateshwar), Karnataka describes Bhadrabahu who was last Shrutkevali & with whom Chandragupta Maurya came to South India.
Let me tell a little about Shri Bhadrabahu-1.
After Lord Mahavir, His Gandhar,named Gautam Swami became the head of Jain Sangh, then Sudharmacharya became head & Lastly Jambu Swami became head of the Jain Sangh.All these were Kevalis means they attained the supreme knowledge as attained by Bhagwan Mahavir, & they got Moksha.
After Jambu Swami got Moksha, there were no Kevalis.But Shrut-kevalis were there, means they head the great Knowledge of Shruth or Jinvani(Mahavir's teachings).
They were Vishnunandi, Nandimitra, Aparajit,Govardhan & then last Shruth-kevali that is Bhadrabahu-1.
So, we see that till Bhadrabahu the entire Jain sangh was one.
Now, let us come back to our initial topic.
Chandraguta became jain muni & he joined the sangha of 12000 munis led by Bhadrabahuji.The sangh went to south India.At Sravanbelgola region of Karnataka, Bhadrabahu felt that now his life is going to end, so he asked the sangh to leave him there & go to Chola-desh (Tamil Nadu).
But, Chandragupta muni remained with Bhadrabahuji to serve him.
The remaining sangh under the leadership of Vishaknandiji went to south.
Then, there are various stories in the texts which says that devtas made a false town in the forest to examine Chandragupta muni & when he got success in those tests, the devtas used to give him daily ahaar (food).
Bhadrabahu took Sanlekhna Samadhi & went to Heaven.
Chandraguptamuni did Tap (tapasyaa) there.
When The sangh lead by Vishakhnandiji came to Chandraguptaji, they thaught that he that he has got corrupt as it was not possible for jain muni to follow muni-dharma conduct as per Jin-vani.
But, when Chandragupta asked the sangh to have Ahaar in the town , they really found a town & a lot of shravaks there.They appologised to Chandraguptaji & went Northwards.
A sadhu of the sangh forgot his Kamandalu in the town itself , so he went back to get back his kamandalu, but saw that there was no town, no houses, no shravaks , & found his kamandalu near a tree.
He told all this to Vishakhnandiji.At this , he said that it is all due to punyaas of Chandragupta muniji & that it was a false town made by devtas.
As they had had taken food from avrati devs( as the devtas are not following any vrataas or vows), they took penance.
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