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Jinasena�s Adipurana
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Jinasena�s Adipurana
Sanskrit Text with English Translation and Notes 
Author Dr. Shanti Lal Nagar
ISBN 978-81-7854-202-7
Edition 2011
Language english,sanskrit

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The tradition of Puranas in the country is of considerable antiquity and in the Brahmanical literature, these Puranas are held in high esteem, some of which like the Bhagvat Purana patronise ­Rshabhadeva as, one of the incarnations of Vishnu. In Jainism, however, there are several Puranas some of which belong to quite an early date. Unlike the Brahmanical Puranas, which are attributed to the sage Vyasa, the Jaina Puranas have been composed by different authors of considerable repute at different times. The Adi Purana by Jinasena is claimed to belong to the ninth century A. D, and deals with the life story of lord ­Rshabhadeva, and his ten incarnations. besides the life sketches of Bharata as well as Bhahubali. This is quite an important work for the purpose of the study of the ancient Jaina traditions, culture, history. besides the ancient geography of the country. This is not only an important Purana, but is a Mahakavya (epic) of great poetic excellence, a religious scripture and a political composition besides being a code of conduct for the Jaina clergy as well as the common man. It also testifies the genesis and evolution of the human race and its classification into different classes. This indeed is an excellent composition which reflects the various aspects of the ancient customs and traditions besides the way of life of the people of the Jaina faith and its English version would surely interest the readers in the country and abroad. Though utmost care has been taken in rendering the work in English, but there could still he some shortcomings here and there, which I am sure, the learned readers would he kind enough to overlook the same.


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