CEREMONIAL BATH BY GODS &
Sakrendra, the chief of all Indras, carries Bhagavan Mahavira to Mount Meru and
placing him on his lap, he makes arrangements for the annointment and the bathing
ceremony. Numerous gods and goddesses including the sixtythree Indras have also
assembled there to participate in the auspicious ceremony. They bathe him with water
brought from various holy places and oceans and mixed with perfumes and the holy earth of sacred places. The water is poured from gold and silver pitchers studded with jewels.Then follows the application of various perfumes and sandal paste, waving of lamps (Arati) and drawing
of the eight auspicious symbols. All gods and goddesses celebrate the occasion by singing eulogistic
songs and by dancing with joy. The child is later placed beside Trisala in her
bed-chamber. The parents and relatives, etc. celebrate his birth with royal pomp and glory and name the child, thereafter,as Vardhamina.
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