The fame of Hemchandra's efficacy and knowledge gradually spread everywhere. The noble culture was on the rise in Gujarat due to the
ability of Hemchandra and the cooperation of King Siddharaja of Gujarat. King Siddharaja was succeeded by Kumarpal. Hemchandra had
predicted seven years earlier that Kumarpal would be the king. Also, the acharya had once saved Kumarpal's life. Therefore, Kumarpal
considered Hemchandra his spiritual teacher (guru) and benefactor. Kumarpal gave him the exceptional honor and sought his advice in the
shaping of his kingdom in Gujarat. In a very short time, Gujarat became a center of non-violence, learning, and good culture.
Hemchandra did not only think of the development of his own career, but always thought of the universal welfare. In spite of this, some
Brahmins were very jealous about this and they were trying to disgrace Hemchandracharya and Jainism. Therefore, some Brahmins approached King
Kumarpal and said, "Hemchandracharya is a very egoistic person and he does not respect Hindu Gods." King Kumarpal was not ready
to accept these views about his spiritual teacher, Hemchandracharya.
Brahmins requested King Kumarpal that he should invite Hemchandracharya to come to the temple of Lord Shiva (God of
destruction). The purpose of this was to humiliate Hemchandracharya because they thought he would not go to the temple of
Lord Shiva and bow down to him. When Hemchandracharya came, King Kumarpal said, "We would go to the temple of Lord Shiva." He
accepted the offer without any hesitation. Brahmins were happy in their mind thinking that they would be able to make their point today
and glorify their religion. Yet, they were wrong. They underestimated Hemchandracharya. To the surprise of those Brahmins, Hemchandracharya
bowed down in front of Lord Shiva but by saying
"Bhavbijaskurajanana ragadayah kshaymupagata yasya;
Brahma va Vishnurva haro Jino va namastasmai."
Meaning, "I am bowing down to that god, who has destroyed the passions like attachment (Rag) and hatred (Dwesh) which are the cause
of worldly life, whether he is Brahma, Vishnu, or Jina."
This showed that indeed the acharya was genius and had a broad-minded attitude based on basic Jain principles. Under
Hemchandra's influence, King Kumarpal accepted the Jainism. He prohibited violence and killing of any animal in his kingdom. King
Kumarpal made many laws that nurtured the Jain religion.
Hemchandra composed several literary works that included many verses. The acharya was the first one to put non-violence on a political
platform. He was the architect of the greatness and unity of Gujarat. In the field of metaphysics, he was a Yogi. His work Yoga-Shastra, a
treatise on yoga, is very famous. People called him 'Kali-kala Sarvajna' meaning Ďall-knower in the dark periodí. He died in 1173 A. D. at the age of eighty-four..