Chetaka

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Chetaka
Issue Chellana

Chetaka, called King Chetaka or President Chetaka, was the representative of the Licchavi clan who ruled as a Republican President in Vaishali (India) reputed to have organised the Vajjian confederation of republics comprising the 9 Mallakis, 18 Gana Rajas of Kashi/Kosala and 9 Licchavi Republics.

He was a 5th century BC contemporary of Gautama Buddha and Jain Tirthankara (Teaching God) Mahavira. His system of government appears to have been a republican committee which elected a ceremonial king to act upon the committee's advice. His sister Trishala was married to Siddhartha and gave birth to 24th Tirthankara Mahavira, and his daughter Chellana married Bimbisara.

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According to Jain text Uttarapurāṇa, Chetaka was the king of Vaishali and was a famous and complaisant king. He is mentioned as a staunch follower of Jainism.[1] According to the text, Chetaka had ten sons and seven daughters. His sister Priyakarini (also known as Trishala) was married to Siddartha.[1] His daughter Chellana married Shrenik (also known as Bimbisara).[2]

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  1. ^ a b Pannalal Jain 2015, p. 482.
  2. ^ Pannalal Jain 2015, p. 484.

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