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Uvasaggaharam Stotra is an adoration of the twenty-third T?irthankara Parshvanatha. This Stotra was composed by Acharya Bhadrabahu who lived in around 2nd-4th century A.D. It is believed to eliminate obstacles, hardships, and miseries, if chanted with complete faith.
Bhadrabahu had a brother named Var?hamihira. Both were in the same kingdom. When a son was born to the king, Varahmihira declared that he would live for a hundred years but Bhadrabahu declared that he would live for only seven days, and that he would be killed by a lizard. On the eighth day the prince died because a door fitting fell on his head; it had a picture of lizard drawn on it. Due to this humiliation Var?hamihira left the kingdom; after some time he died.
After his death Var?hamihira became a Vyantar (a type of deva or demigod who are mostly evil) and tortured and terrorized the Jains, especially disciples and followers of Bhadrabahu. Bhadrabahu then composed a mantric prayer to 23rd Jain Tirthankara Parshvanath called the "Upsargahara Stotra" (also known as Uvassagaharam Stotra) and called upon Dharnendra, the divine follower (a "devta") of Parshvanath. As an effect of it, Var?hmihira was defeated and Jain society was relieved. The prayer is still famous among the Jains and has made Bhadrabahu's name immortal among Jain ascetics.
This Stotra evoked demi-gods and they had to come to earth every time somebody read it with full concentration. In its original form it was very powerful. Soon people started using this Stotra excessively for smaller things and petty material desires. Fearing misuse of the same, five gatha (stanza) of the Stotra was abolished. Today in some books, though short of five stanza, it still occupies the place of pride and is considered more powerful than any other prayer.
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