Index. ▫Jain Agam (Canonical) Literature ƒ Definition ƒ Classification ƒ Listings of Sutras ƒ Summary of Agams by Jainsects ƒ History of Preservation ƒ Agam. The Agama scriptures have been composed by Lord Tirthankaras by way of their meanings, whereas by ‘Sutra’ they have been composed by Lord Gandharas. Phone:: +91 22 1. ĀGAMA – AN INTRODUCTION (English): This booklet provides a brief summary of each Āgama with a few key sutras highlighted.

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This agam explains the code of conduct of the ten lay followers Shravaks of Lord Mahavir. The scriptures which further enhance or decorate the meaning of Ang-agams are known as Chulika-sutras.

These texts are the holy scriptures of the Jain religion. This agam describes the names, positions, and residences of Devas angels who live in heaven. It was classified in five parts. shtras

Jain Agamas

They did not fight with King Chetaka in the war. This agam describes the story of Monk Keshi.

They contain the Jain religion’s endless treasure of knowledge on every subject. This agam describes the previous lives of certain devas angels who worshiped Lord Mahavir. These are believed to have originated from Rishabhanathathe first tirthankara.

This agam explains certain rules and procedures for monks with respect to travelling, staying, accepting food and other necessities from lay people.

This agam describes stories similar to those in the Pushpika. Upasaka Dashanga Sutra Uvasagdasao: The twelfth text is called Drstiwad, which includes 14 Purvas. This agam is very useful for understanding the code and conduct of ordinary people Shravaka Dharma in the Jain religion.


Sacred Books of the East vol. They consist of 14 texts according to the Digambar sect, 34 texts according to the Swetambar Murtipujak sect, and 21 texts according to the Sthanakvasi and Terapanthi sects.

This sutra explains sutraa daily rituals the monks and nuns have to perform. Ang-agams are the oldest religious scriptures and the backbone of Jain literature. Under such circumstances they could not preserve the entire canonical literature. They possessed the total knowledge of reality soul, matter, their relationship etc. Lord Mahavir’s immediate disciples were known as Ganadharas. Sufras all the known texts in the Apabhramsha language are Jain works.

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The Shatkhand-agam is also known as Maha-kammapayadi-pahuda or Maha-karma-prabhrut. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Agam literature is also divided into two groups: This agam describes the system of confession for monks and nuns who fall from proper conduct. It explains the qualifications of the listening monk or nun and with what sort of feeling the confession should be made.

Predicting a 12 year long famine, Bhadrabahu went south to Karnataka with his adherents [10] and Sthulabhadraanother Jain monk remained behind.

Some of the oldest known books in Hindi and Gujarati were written by Jain scholars. They provide further explanation of Ang-agams. After his death, the king was born in heaven as a deva. Jambudeepa is a big island located in the center of the middle world as explained in the Jain geography.


The Purvas or the ancient texts were already forgotten and lost after the famine. Number of Ang-bayha agams Survived.

This anuyoga consists of the following texts which contain philosophical doctrine, theories, metaphysics, Tattvajnan, and like literature. All ten princes fought with King Chetaka of Vaishali in cooperation with king Konika.

It also describes the types of vows a wise person should take during various states of illness and how he should beg the pardon of all living beings abam the universe.

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This agam is considered lost. Digambara monk Aryika Kshullak Pattavali Acharya. It contains preaching regarding religious principles and practices, and many stories, dialogues, and examples based on such principles and agqm. Jain literature comprises Jain Agamas and subsequent commentaries on them by various Jain asectics. The third part, Purvagata contained 14 purvas.

Ethics of Jainism Sallekhana. They were originally compiled by Shrut Kevali monks, who possessed total knowledge of the soul by studying 12 Ang Agams. Non-agam literature consists of commentary and explanation of Agam literature, and independent works, compiled by ascetics and scholars.

This agam describes the story of King Konika’s children. Monk Keshi was the Ganadhara of Lord Parshvanath.