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History of Jainism (3 Vols. set)

History of Jainism has been presented here in three parts. The first part tries to prove through the archaeological and literary sources the historicity of Tirthankara, Parshvanatha and Mahavira, explaining their life and educa below

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History of Jainism has been presented here in three parts. The first part tries to prove through the archaeological and literary sources the historicity of Tirthankara, Parshvanatha and Mahavira, explaining their life and education besides religious, political, social, artistic and literary conditions of their times.

The second part surveys the history of the Jaina dharma, its expansion and significance. The effects of Jaina dharma increased when Mauryas were ruling Magadha and Kharawelas ruled Orissa. No doubt, the period from the ninth to twelfth centuries ce was a golden time in the history of Jainism and even traders, labourers and craftsmen were highly influenced by it during Kushana period. Seen geographically, Cauhana, Paramara and Calukya were acting as watchmen for Jainism in the north, and in the south it was being nourished by Rashtrakuta and Ganga (Kingdoms). Many Jaina temples were constructed, and monuments erected in honour of their deities. This part illustrates the many ways in which Jainism was served by the Jaina monks, saints, scholars and the politicians and answers questions such as: What kind of religious and social unions were made after the division and what were their traditional characteristics? How were the different leagues and monasteries of Jaina sages made? What was the lineage of various castes and how it originated?

The third part, associated with the middle ages of Jainism, describes that even though there was Muslim rule, still many organizations were sponsored with the influence of Jainism. Truthfully, there was a decline in Jainism during the middle ages but it remained protected. Many pilgrimages and historical places were established with the great influence of Jainism. Dr A.H. Nizami has written here about the Muslim reign, conditions of Jainism and also about the admirable Jainas. Dr Surendra Gopal has described the social and financial conditions prevailing during this period. Dr Shyam Sunder Nigam has penned on the Middle Ages of India and Dr Prakash Chandra Jain has written about the Jaina religion in the Middle Ages in Malwa region.

This monumental work will be a treat for the minds and eyes of people curious about Jainism.



Vol. 1: Jainism Before and in the Age of Mahavira

ISBN: 8124605483

2010, xxix, 1-416, xxxii p.; 3 Maps; Index; 23 cm.



Vol. 2: Historical Survey and Spread of Jainism

ISBN: 8124605491

2010, xxix, 417-853, xlii p.; Index; 23 cm.



Vol. 3: Medieval Jainism

ISBN: 8124605505

2010, xxix, 855-1283, [16], xviii p.; 1 folded map; 24 b/w photographs; Bibliography; Index; 23 cm.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124605479
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124605475
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2010
  • Pages : xxix, 1283p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 2500
  • Bibliographic Details : 1 folded Map; 24 b/w photographs; Bibliography; Index

Special Note

Volume I
Jainism Before and in the Age of Mahavira

1. Jainism before Lord Mahavira 

Jaina Religion as Eternal -- Archaeological Evidence to Ascertain the Truthfulness of the Jaina Traditions -- The Theory of 24 Tirthamkaras -- Rishabha as Founder of Jainism -- Arishthanemi or Neminatha as Tirthamkara -- Jainism as a pre-Vedic Religion -- Parshvanatha as a Historical Figure -- Archaeological Cultures

2. Sources 

Mahavira Age
Post-Mahavira Age  

3. Life of Lord Mahavira 

His Clan -- His Birth and Parentage -- Birthplace -- Childhood -- Life of a Householder
His Ascetic Life: His Twelve Years of Preparation 
Mahavira's Penance in a Cemetery at Ujjain -- Kevala-jnana -- First Sermon -- Eleven Disciples (Ganadharas) -- Four Orders of the Jaina Community (samgha) -- Places of Rainy Seasons (Caturmasa) -- Influence on Lay-Followers (Shravakas) -- Royal Patronage -- Mahavira and the Buddha -- Schisms -- Nirvana -- The Theory of Mahavira’s Nirvana in 467 bce -- 477 bce -- 484 bce -- 486 bce -- 488 bce -- 490 bce -- 498 bce -- 545 bce -- 437 bce -- Criticism of the above Theories -- The Theory of Mahavira’s Nirvana in 527 bce -- Personality 

4. Teachings of Mahavira 

Nirvana -- Right Faith (Darsana), Right Knowledge (Jnana), and Right Conduct (Caritra) -- Austerities -- Five Vows (Vratas) for the Ascetics -- Doctrine of the Nine Categories or Truths (Nava Tattva) -- Theory of Karma -- Six Lesyas -- Doctrine of Nayas -- Exertion of Righteousness -- The Four Requisites -- Impurity -- Death Against (and with) One's Will -- On Discipline -- Actions of Ignorant and Wise Men -- Vanity of Worldly Pleasures -- The Causes of Carelessness -- Sinful and Wicked Deeds -- Hells -- A Gloomy View of the World -- Real Brahmana -- Code of Conduct for Ascetics -- Discipline -- On Troubles -- The Leaf of the Tree -- The True Monk -- The Ten Conditions of Perfect Chastity -- Bad Monks -- Duties of a Monk -- The Samitis and the Guptis -- The Correct Behaviour of Monks during the Several Parts of Day and Night -- Mode of Life -- The Houseless Monk -- Begging Food -- Modes of Speech -- Walking -- Begging Clothes -- Begging for a Bowl -- Spot Where One can Ease Oneself -- Other Miscellaneous Acts 

5. Age of Mahavira 

Lord Mahavira's Religious Contemporaries and Contemporary sects 
Other Schools and Sects 
Vedic Pantheon and Religious Practices 
Political Conditions 
Political Institutions 
Social Conditions
Social Organization 
Slavery -- Orders or Stages of Life -- Family Life
The Courtesans -- Food and Drink -- Dress and Ornaments -- Furniture and Utensils -- Festivals and Games
Economic Conditions 
Forest Tracts 
Arts, Crafts, Professions and Industries 
Trade and Commerce 
Oversea Trade 
Organization of Trade and Industries 
Prices -- Fees and Salaries -- Loans and Interest -- Weights and Measures
Art and Architecture
Education, Literature and Sciences 
Vedanga Literature 

Volume II
Historical Survey and Spread of Jainism

6. Historical Role of Jainism 

The Nandas (c. 364-324 bce) -- Account of the Greek Writers of Western India -- The Mauryas (324-187 bce) -- The Shungas (187-75 bce) -- Pushyamitra (c. 187-151 bce) -- Spread of Jainism -- The Cedi (Maha-Meghavahana) -- Dynasty of Kalinga (Orissa) -- Murundas -- Tamil-desha -- Mathura Region (Surasena Janapada) (c. 208 bce -- ce 200) -- Avanti, Maharashtra and Saurashtras -- The Satavahanas -- Foreign Invasions, Gandhara Janapada and Others (i.e. 250 bce Ý c. ce 300) -- The Guptas (c. ce 300Ý500) -- Post-Gupta Period -- Account of Hieun-Tsang (Yuan Chwang) -- Record of the Muslim Visitors about Jainism in Western India -- Deccan (c. ce 300-600) -- The Gangas of Talkad -- The Kadambas (c. ce 340-600) -- Western Calukyas of Vatapi (Modern Badami) -- North India (c. ce 800-1200) -- The Imperial Pratiharas -- Badagurjara Pratiharas of Rajorgarh -- The Cahamanas -- Under the Cauhanas -- The Cauhanas of Candravada -- The Paramaras -- The Calukyas -- The Rathoras of Hathundi -- The Yaduvamshi or Surasena kings of Bayana or Shripatha -- The Tomaras of Delhi -- The Kalacuris -- The Candelas of Jejakabhukti (Bundelkhand) -- The Kacchapaghatas -- The Palas and the Senas of Bengal -- Keshari Dynasty of Orissa -- Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana -- Jainism During the Reign of the Rashtrakutas -- The Pallavas -- The Imperial Colas -- The Pandyas of Madurai -- The Western Gangas -- The Later Calukyas -- The Western Calukyas -- The Shilaharas -- The Hoyasalas of Dvarasamudra -- Feudatories and High Officials -- The Kakatiyas of Warangal -- The Kalacuris of the South -- The Yadavas of Devagiri -- Colonial and Cultural Expansion in South-East Asia -- The Age of Conflict -- The Delhi Sultanate (ce 1200-1400) -- The Slave Dynasty -- The Khaljis (ce 1290-1320) -- The Sultans of Mandu -- The Muslim Rule in Gujarat (Fourteenth-Fifteenth Century ce) -- During the Fourteenth-Fifteenth Centuries -- The Vijayanagara Kingdom -- The Moguls -- Shravaka Dharma or Shravakacara 

7. Jaina Monks, Statesmen and Shravakas 

Jaina Monks  
Jaina Statesmen 
Karma Shaha 

8. A Brief Historical Survey of Jainism and its Contributions to Indian Culture 

A Brief Historical Survey of Jainism 
Jainism during Gupta Period (c. ce 319-700) 
The Kacchapaghatas, Later Pratiharas and Yajvapalas 
Jainism under the Sultans of Mandu (ce 1401-1500) 
Contributions of Jainism to Indian Culture 

9. Religious Divisions In the Time of Mahavira 

Shvetambaras and Digambaras 
Samgha, Gana and Gaccha 
Gana in the Kalpa-Sutra and Kushana Inscriptions of Mathura 
Digambara Samghas, Ganas and Gacchas of the South Nirgrantha Mahashramana Samgha 
Shvetambara Gacchas of North India during Medieval Period 
Digambara Samghas, Ganas and Gacchas in the North During the Medieval Period 
Jaina Bhattarakas 
Caityavasi System in Rajasthan 
Minor Protestant and Non-Protestant Sects 

10. Social Divisions 

Jaina Castes and Gotras of Rajasthan 
Regional Gotras 
Occupational Gotras 
Tittles and Surnames 
Madhya Pradesh 
Uttar Pradesh 
South India 

11. Decline and Survival of Jainism  

Causes of Decline 
Reasons for Survival of Jainism 
Observances of Local Practices 

Volume III
Medieval Jainism

12. Medieval Jainism 

Jaina Culture on the Eve of Turkish Conquest -- Jainism as a Religion on the Road to Decadence -- Comments -- Jaino-Sufic Contacts -- Shaikh Hameeduddin Raihani arrives in Nagaur -- Homicide of Antyaja Untouchables in Nagaur -- Sufi Tarikeen of Nagaur -- Jainism in Nagaur -- Qualifications of a Renunciant (Tyagi) -- Cheetal, the Shaikh of the Times -- Sufi Hameeduddin as a householder in Nagaur -- Sultan-ut Tarikeen and Vegetarianism -- Relations with non-Muslims -- Sufi Music (Qawwali or Shama), i.e. Audition -- Shaikh Fariduddin alias Chakparran -- Shaikh Ahmad Khattu of Khatu -- Ahimsa -- Jaina-Sultanate Relations -- Jinaprabhasuri -- Contacts with Muhammad Tughluq -- Miracles of Suriji -- Criticism and Estimate -- Firuz Shah Tughluq -- Reaction and Dispute against Image Worship in Jainism -- Jina Taran-Taran of Canderi-desha -- Jainism in Malwa -- Mandogarhe Centre of Shvetambara Jainism -- Mandogarh in the Fifteenth Century -- Mandavagarh as a Full-Fledged Tirtha 

13. Ancient Jain Tirthas and Historical Places 

Map 4: Ancient Jaina Tirtha and Historical Site 
Eastern India Bihar, Bengal and Orissa 
North India (Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Region, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh) 
Uttar Pradesh 
Delhi Region 
Himachal Pradesh 
Madhya Pradesh 
South-India (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) 
Andhra Pradesh 
Tamil Nadu 

14. Bhattaraka Sampradaya 

Canderi Patta 
Nature of Jainism in Deogarh  
Gunakirti (1403-24) 
Yashahkirti (1429-53) 
Jainism in the Tomara State of Gwalior (Fifteenth Century)
Tomara rulers of Gwalior 

15. Economic Life of Jains in Medieval Times 
16. Social Life of the Jaina 

Sources -- Demographical Spread -- The Structure of the Community -- Caste System -- Jainas and Hindus -- Intersectarian Tension -- Education -- Jaina Writings -- Jaina Contribution to Vernacular Literatures -- Book Depositories -- Status of Women -- Social Responsibility 

17. Jainism in Medieval India (ce 1300-1800) 

Jainism vis-a-vis or vs. Delhi Sultanate -- The Sultanate of Gujarat and Malwa -- Digambara Sect -- Shvetambara Tradition -- Jainism During the Mogul Period -- The Rajput States of North India -- The Tomars of Gwalior -- The Rajput states of Rajasthan -- Brief Political History of Rajasthan -- The Cahmana Rule -- Rathod States -- The Bhati Rule of Jaisalmer -- Alwar State -- Kacchawaha Rule in Amer (Jaipur) -- South India -- Shape/Form of Later Mediaeval Jainism -- The Digambara Sect -- The Bhattaraka Sect -- The Mulasamgha -- Senagana -- Balatkaragana -- Karanja Branch -- Latur Branch -- Later Balatkaragana Branch -- Delhi-Jaipur Branch -- Nagaur Branch -- Idar Branch -- The Ater Branch -- The Surat Branch -- The Jerhat Branch -- The Kashthasamgha -- The Mathuragaccha -- The Ladwagaccha -- The Nanditatagaccha -- The Shvetambara Sect -- The Tapagaccha -- The Kharataragaccha -- The Lonka Pantha -- Epilogue 

18. Political History of Medieval Malwa and Jainism 

Political Background -- Jainism during the Reign of the Sultans of Malwa -- Hoshang Shah Ghori -- Mohammad Shah Ghori (1435-36) -- Mahmud Khilji I -- Gayasuddin Khilji (ce 1469-1501) -- Nasiruddin Khilji (ce 1500-11) -- Mahmud Khilji II (ce 1511-31) -- Jainism during the Mogul Period in Malwa -- Jaina samghas, Ganas and gacchas in Malwa -- Kashthasamgha -- The Shvetambara Sect -- Tapagaccha -- Brhad Poshadha-Shalika Tapagaccha -- Laghu Poshadha Shalika Tapa Paksha -- Kharataragaccha -- The Sthanaka Way of Life 
The Digambara Jaina Castes of Malwa 
The Shvetambara Jaina Castes 



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