Queen Chelna and King Shrenik

By | May 17, 2024 11:36 pm

This is a story from the time of Bhagwan Mahavir. At that time, King Chetak was the ruler of Vaishali, and he had a beautiful daughter named Chelna. Once, an artist named Bharat painted a picture of Chelna and showed it to King Shrenik (Bimbisar) of Magadh. Charmed by Chelna’s beauty, Shrenik fell in love with her. One day, Chelna came to the city of Magadh, where she saw King Shrenik, and she also fell in love with him. They soon got married.

Queen Chelna was a devoted follower of Jainism, while Shrenik was influenced by Buddhism. The king was very generous and kind-hearted but was unhappy with his queen’s devotion to the Jain monks. He wanted to prove to Chelna that Jain monks were pretenders. He strongly believed that no man could follow the practice of self-restraint and non-violence to that extent and that the equanimity shown by Jain monks was superficial. Chelna was greatly disturbed by this.

One day, King Shrenik went on a hunting trip where he saw a Jain monk, Yamadhar, engaged in deep meditation. Shrenik let his hunting dogs go after Yamadhar, but the monk remained silent. On seeing the calmness and composure of the monk, the dogs became quiet. King Shrenik got angry and thought that the monk had played some trick on them. So he started shooting arrows at the monk, but they kept missing him. Becoming more upset, he finally put a dead snake around Yamadhar’s neck and returned to his palace.

The king narrated the whole incident to Chelna. The queen felt very sorry and took the king back to Yamadhar’s meditation spot. Because of the dead snake, ants and other insects were crawling all over the monk’s body, but the monk did not even stir. The couple witnessed the limits of human endurance. The queen gently removed the ants and snake from the monk’s body and cleaned his wounds. She applied sandalwood paste. After some time, Yamadhar opened his eyes and blessed both of them.

The monk did not distinguish between the king who had caused him pain and the queen who had alleviated his pain. King Shrenik was very impressed and convinced that Jain monks were truly beyond attachment and aversion. Thus, King Shrenik, along with Queen Chelna, became a devoted member of the order of Bhagwan Mahavir.

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