Civaka Cintamani describes the romantic experiences of Jeevaka and depicts the arts of music and dance of the period. The epic is inspired from the Sanskrit original and consists of the exposition of Jain doctrines and beliefs. Civaka Cintamani is a mudi-porul-thodar-nilai-seyyul, which is a treatise of the 4-fold object of life and aim of literary work of virtue, pleasure, wealth and bliss. The epic contains 13 books or Illambagams and has 3147 stanzas. Civaka Cintamani is renowned for its pure articulation and inspiring verses, pregnant with religious sentiments and stuffed with information of arts and customs of social life. The epic portrays the martial adventures of the protagonist and the social pictures of the epoch.
Concept of Civaka Cintamani
Civaka Cintamani illustrates the tale of King Caccantan, who became so engulfed in spending his life in lustful pleasures with his queen that he could not manage any time for managing his kingdom. Involuntarily, King Caccantan handed over the control of his kingdom to his corrupt minister named Kattiyankaran. But after gaining power, Kattiyankaran attacks King Caccantan and prior to his death, the King sent his pregnant wife away on a flying peacock machine. Banished, the Queen gave birth to Prince Civakan, the hero of the epic, in a cremation ground. Civakan was raised by a Jain merchant and later he became a heroic figure and a leader of the Jain community. He had several adventures and love affairs and eventually married many women over the course of the various incidents. He had a special relationship with a dancing girl.
Eventually, Civakan returned to his fatherland from where his pregnant mother was banished, in order to avenge the death of his father King Caccantan at the hands of Kattiyankaran. Civakan finally defeated Kattiyankaran and won back his ancestral throne. He then married his 18th and final wife, an embodiment of omniscience and ruled for long in peace and prosperity, until Civakan became old. But the worldly attractions started to fade away. After he met with Mahavira, Civakan renounced the mundane world and attained spiritual salvation.