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Jain Ramayana-Paumacarya: Rendering into English from Apabhramsa

Shanti Lal Nagar

ISBN 10: 8176462004 / ISBN 13: 9788176462006
Published by B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2002
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The Ramayana has been popular with the masses of the country from the time immemorial. Initially it was known in fragments or in the form of folk tales but after the composition of the Ramayana by the sage Valmiki, there had been a boost in its popularity. The importance of the story of Rama became quite wide-spread and it influenced the hearts of the poets irrespective of the religious barriers. After the composition of the text by the sage Valmiki, the text influenced the poets of the other faiths like the Buddhism and Jainism. Though the adoption of the story was not quite impressive with the Buddhist but with the Jainas, however, it became quite popular and it was Vimala Suri who for the first time composed Paumacaryu (Padmacarita) by about the beginning of the Christian era. It was a sort of reaction to various mythological statements of Valmiki or the critical appreciation of his work. Vimala Suri was indeed the forerunner of the Ramayana of the later Jaina poets. Thereafter there had been a continuous flow of Jaina Ramayana works right from the Gupta period to the late medieval times and over a dozen works on Rama were composed by these Jaina poets, and each one of them his own importance. The present work Jain Ramayana-Paumacaryu has been composed by Svayambhu by about the 8 century A.D. which has been rendered from Apabhramsa language into English for the convenience of the readers. Contents:- Preface VIDYADHARAKANDA : Sandhi l : Salutation to Rsabha, the sage, Acaryas and twenty-four tirthankaras, The caricature of the story of Rama in the form of a river, Tradition of the story, Resolve of the poet, Description of good and bad people, Description of Magadha country, Description of Srenika, Samavasarana of Mahavira, King Srenika leaves for Samavasarana, Adoration for Mahavira by Srenika, Description of three Lokas by Gautama, Arrival of apsaras to serve Marudevi, Description of sixteen dreams, Birth of Jina Rsbha. Sandhi 2 : Indra proceeds for the Abhiseka of newly born Jina, Abhiseka of Jina, Adoration of Jina by Indra with ornaments, The prayer of Indra for Jina, Bringing up of Jina, his education and diksa, The place of performance, Indra felt worried finding Rsabha engrossed in worldly affairs, Performance of Nilanjana and her death, Detachment of Jina, Arrival of the gods and Jina received diksa, Performing of tapas by Jina, Arrival of Kaccha and Mahakaccha before Jina, Arrival of Dharnendra, Offering of presentation by the people, The rain of gems. Sandhi 3 : Entry of Jina in Purimatalapura, Description of the garden, Sukaladhyana and Kevalgyana, Organising of Samasrana, Arrival of Indra, Description of Airavata, Description of the riches of Indra, Arrival of gods in their planes to attend Samvasarana, Prayer of Indra for Jina, Arrival of King Rsabha in Samavasarana, Collective diksa and victory procession of Bharata. Sandhi 4 : Entry of Bharata`s cakra in Ayodhya, Explaining of the reason by the courtiers, Prayer of the messengers to Bahubali, Heated discussion, Return of the messengers, Bharata declared the war, The army of Bahubali got ready, Intervention by the courtiers and proposed wrestling combat, Defeat of Bharata, Battle in the water and defeat of Bharata, Defeat of the Bharata in wrestling duel, Attack of Bharata over Bahubali with cakra, Bahubali controlled the Cakra, The prince received the diksa. Description of his performing tapas, Bharata proceeds to Kailasa for the adoration of Rsabha, Bharata questions about the failure of Bahubali to achieve success, Bharata begs forgiveness and Bahubali achieves the supreme knowledge. Sandhi 5 : Description of Iksvaku race, Brief description of Jina Ajitnatha, Description of Sagara, Marriage with the daughter of Sahasraksa, Sahasraksa attacks Meghavahana, Fleeing of the son of Toyadavahana, His departure to Sam Printed Pages: 404. Bookseller Inventory # 7563

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Title: Jain Ramayana-Paumacarya: Rendering into ...

Publisher: B.R. Publishing Corporation

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

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