Agama

Posted: 16.12.2003
Updated on: 14.01.2012

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Aagama, Aagama, Aagams, Agam, Agamas, Agams, Āgama, Āgamas, Āgams, āgama

Āgama 

[sacred] "scripture"

Agamas are canonical texts of Jainism based on Mahavira’s teachings. Mahavira’s preaching were orally compiled by his disciples into various Sutras (texts) which were collectively called Jain canonical or Agamic literature. Traditionally these sutras were orally passed on from teachers (acaryas or gurus) to the disciples for several centuries. The scholars date the composition of Jain agamas at around 6th to 3rd century BCE.

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