Uttaradhyayana Sutra

Published: 06.09.2015
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Uttarādhyayana Sūtra

one of the most important sacred text of the Jainas[1], is the first of four Mūla Sutras of the Śvetambara canon. It is divided into 36 chapters and written in Ardhamāgadhi Prākṛt.

Each chapter treats different aspects of Jaina doctrine and discipline and is composed like a sermon. Of all the bequeathed sources the Uttarādhyayana Sūtra is one of the oldest and from an orthodox point of view it contains the words of Mahāvīra (excepting the eighth chapter, which is ascribed to Kapila).

The ninth chapter contains the popular lay of King Nami, who corresponds to an ideal Jaina king.[2] The preserved illustrated manuscripts of the Uttarādhyayana Sūtra enclose some of the masterpieces of Jaina miniature painting.[3]

King Nami renounces the world, c. 1490 CE[4]


Title: Uttarādhyayana Sūtra
Author: Ganadhar Sudharmaswami
Translated: Hermann Jacobi (1895) from Prakrit
Language: English
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