The Narrative of Meghakumāra

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English Translation of a Jain Canonical Tale

[English Translation of the first chapter of the Ardhamāgadhī Canon Nāyādhammakahāo, edited by Prof. N.V. Vaidya]

Jñātādharmakathā (Nāyādhammakahāo) contains in its first chapter an important episode of the life of a legendary personality 'Meghakumāra', a contemporary of Lord Mahāvīra. Narrative of Meghakumāra is full of detailed descriptions of cities, gardens, places, seasons as well as the intricacies imbibed in human nature. Almost half of the story contains the description of the previous birth of Megha in which he was born as an elephant.

Editor [Prakrit Edition]:

N.V. Vaidya

Editor [Translated Edition]:

Nalini Joshi

Translator:

K.V. Apte

Publisher:

Seth Hirachand Nemchand Jain Chair
Firodia Publication
University of Pune

Year:

2012

Pages:

71

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