After knowing about the praise worth Acharya Mantunga, King Bhoj desired to meet with Acharya. King
Bhoj ordered his servants to bring Acharya Mantunga to his royal court with honor. At that time Acharya were staying at Bhojpur and
doing Tapa (Penance) for self – realization – purification. Servants of King Bhoj reached there, prayed Acharya again and
again to go with them to meet their King Bhoj. But ascetic saints have no purpose in meeting with King or any other persons. The
monk replied, "What I have to do at the royal place? Only those go to the court who are either concerned with it or have committed an
offence. Then why should I go as I am an ascetic? So Acharya engrossed in deep Tapa or meditation.
Servants returned to King and told about their failure. The King Bhoj became angry and he ordered to bring the Acharya
forcefully in his royal court. Servants do the same and thus Acharya were brought before King Bhoj. The king praised Acharya and requested
to give some religious precepts to the audience present there. But up to that time looking unfavorable situations, Acharya decided to remain
silent during such conditions. So all the prayers and requests of King were all in vain. The King became angry and he ordered to his soldiers
to place the Acharya in prison. Thus Acharya Manatunga was put under arrest in fortyeight chambers under locks and chains.
In the prison Acharya Mantunga entered the heavenly realms of the Lord Adinath and started the prayer of Bhagwan
Adinath. He wrote in Sanskrit language a great poem the Bhaktamar Stotra having 48 Stanza (Verse). The chants and prayers of
Manatunga were thus in full brim, flowing with the unbound energy of chain-reaction. Due to the effect of Bhaktamar Stotra, Acharya
Mantunga no more remained imprisoned. He came out of the locks, and went out of the locks, and went straight out of the prison.
The guards awoke and saw this miracle, but thinking about the self-ignorance, he again closed Acharya in prison and checked the
locks firmly. But after sometime locks of prison again opened and Acharya were free again. Seeing this the guards hurried to the king
and told him about the event. King came there and he ordered the soldiers to tie Acharya firmly with strong chains and kept in the
prison having 48 locks.
Acharya again recited Bhaktamar Stotra and all the 48 locks with chains broken. Acharya
automatically came out of prison. Looking this miracle, the whole city assembled around the prison in agitation and admiration. The king had
to realize the power og Janism and surrendered completely to the facts. King Bhoj felt down in the feet of Acharya, he
pardoned for his mistake again and again. He prayed, "O Excellence! You were constituted of as many ultimate particles as they
were full of the peaceful love. This is the the reason for your unparallel and beautiful form in the whole universe."
After this, Acharya Mantunga entered the city of Dhara, due the effect of preaches and Tapa of Mantunga, so many peoples accepted Jain
Dharma. Later on Acharya Mantunga stayed at Bhojpur he practiced for penance and meditation, tried to get rid of worldly affection and
aversion. At the end, he accepted ‘Sallekhana Vrit’ and give up his body doing Tapa. Shrine of Acharya Mantunga and his Siddha Shila
is also here in Bhojpur. A pair of footprints of Acharya Mantunga are installed on the shrine. At a distence of 13 km from Dhara, in the
village ‘Ahu’, ruins of 48 pillars may be seen where Acharya were kept during prison.
The Bhaktamar Stotra first verse -