Adipurana: Sanskrit Text with English Translation

author: Shantilal Nagar
edition: 2011, Eastern Book Linkers
pages: 1288
language: English
ISBN-10: 9788178542027
Topic: Jainism

Summary: This book is the English translation of the Adi Purana written by Jinasena in the ninth century A.D. and represents an important piece of literature in Digambara Jainism. It deals with the life story of lord Rsabhadeva and his ten incarnations but also sketches a vivid portrait of ancient Jaina traditions, culture and history. Though entitled as a Purana, it is written as a religious epic poem (mahakavya).

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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 Ghagvat Purana patronize Rsabhadeva as one of te incarnations of Visnu. In Jainism, however, there are several Puranas some of which belong to quite an early date. Unlike the Brahmanical Puranas, which are attributed t 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 opt belong to he ninth century A. D. and deals with the life story of lord Rsabhadeva, and his ten incarnations, besides the life sketches of Bharata as well as Bahubali. This is quite an important work for the purpose of the study of the ancient Jaina traditions, culture, history, besides the ancient geography of eh country. This is not only an important Puranan, 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 gensis and evolution of the human race and its classification into different classes. This indeed is an excellent composition which reflect the various aspects of the ancient customs and tradition 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 be some shortcomings here and there, which I am sure, the learned readers would be kind enough to overlook the same.

Available pages:

[About the author (Shantilal Nagar)]
[Preface (the Purana tradition)]
[Tradition of Translation of the early Sanskrit works]

Contents of this online book (index):

The full text of the Adipurana: Sanskrit Text with English Translation in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.

Chapter 1: Genesis of the Story (1) [link]
Chapter 2: Genesis of the Story (2) [link]
Chapter 3: Description of Kulakaras [link]
Chapter 4: The story of the king Atibala [link]
Chapter 5: Stories of Satabala, Sahasrabala and Mahabala [link]
Chapter 6: Fall of Lalitangadeva from the Heaven [link]
Chapter 7: Story of the Union of Vajrajangha and Srimati [link]
Chapter 8: Charities Preformed by Vajrajangha [link]
Chapter 9: Achieving of Samyagdarsana by Vajrajangha and Srimati [link]
Chapter 10: Description of the Fortunes of Acyutendra [link]
Chapter 11: Fall of Acyutendar in the Heaven [link]
Chapter 12: Descending of the Lord from the Heaven [link]
Chapter 13: Birth and Abhiseka of Rsabhadeva [link]
Chapter 14: Birth Ceremony of Rsabha [link]
Chapter 15: Youthful age of Vrsabhadeva and his Marriage with Yasasvati and Sunanda [link]
Chapter 16: Extent of the Kingdom of Lord Rsabha [link]
Chapter 17: Performance of Tapas by the Lord [link]
Chapter 18: Dharnendra' s arrived over Vijayardha Mountain [link]
Chapter 19: Achieving of the kingdoms by Nami and Vinami [link]
Chapter 20: Achieving of Kevalajnana by Lord Rsabhadeva [link]
Chapter 21: Description of Dhyanatattva [link]
Chapter 22: Samavasarana of Rsabhadeva [link]
Chapter 23: Grandeur of Samavasarana [link]
Chapter 24: Discourse on Dharma by the Lord [link]
Chapter 25: Thousand and Eight Names of Rsabhadeva [link]
Chapter 26: Victory March of Bharata Cakravarti [link]
Chapter 27: Description of the Ganga and the Army [link]
Chapter 28: Departure of Army and Welcome by the Magadha king [link]
Chapter 29: March of Bharata Cakravarti towards the Southern Ocean [link]
Chapter 30: March in the Souhtern Region and Vindhyas Reaching the Western Coast [link]
Chapter 31: Subjugation of Vijayartha Mountain [link]
Chapter 32: End in the Northern Region and Subjugation of Mleccha Rulers [link]
Chapter 33: Bharata's Visit to Kaikasa [link]
Chapter 34: Bharata's brothers Receive Dikas [link]
Chapter 35: Bahubali Refused to Accept the Command of Bharata [link]
Chapter 36: Bahubali Achieves Kevalajnana [link]
Chapter 37: Bharata's Centry in Ayodhya [link]
Chapter 38: Creation of Brahmanas [link]
Chapter 39: Discourse on Various Types of Performances [link]
Chapter 40: The Sixteen Samskaras [link]
Chapter 41: Interpretation of the Dream of Bharata [link]
Chapter 42: Discourse on Polity [link]
Chapter 43: Story of Jayakumara and his Wooing Sulocana [link]
Chapter 44: Battle between Arkakirti and Jayakumara [link]
Chapter 45: Story of Jayakumara sn Sulocana [link]
Chapter 46: Stories of Earlier births of Jayakumara and Sulocana [link]
Chapter 47: Bharata Cakaravarti Achieves Diksa [link]

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