Posted: 13.07.2012
By Dr. Tirtharaj Bhoi
The Indian religions provide an exciting field for study. Because of the pluralistic expression, it has some problems to be studied. If we look into the background of the religious studies in Western Orissa, it is a very complex situation requiring deep investigation. The main focal point of the papers is to provide an in-depth information and analytic historical account of Jainism. Jainism has been revealed...
Posted: 04.05.2012
 
The Ajivika Sect of Ancient India The Ajivikas, 'Followers of the way of Life,' are an ascetic order that started at the time of Buddha and Mahavira and lasted until the fourteenth century. The exact nature of Ajivika doctrine is unclear because the sect's own texts have not survived. It is believed the original Ajivika texts were written in an eastern Prakrit, perhaps similar to the Jain Prakrit Ardhamagadhi...
Posted: 23.03.2011
 
Origin of Oswals - Legends and History The origin of Oswal is disputed, there are three different schools of thought, viz. Opinion of Jain Acharyas Opinion of Bhats and Charna Opinion of Historians 1. Opinion of Jain Acharyas According to "Upkesh Gachh Pattawali" Acharya Sri Ratna Prabh Suri did his "Chathurmas" in the Veer Sanwat year 70 at Upkeshpur Pattan and he addressed the king and his people and convert...
Posted: 03.02.2011
By Prof. Dr. Yashwant K. Malaiya
The Bhattarakas of Shravanabelgola and Mudabidri Many Jains in North America have had chance to meet Bhattarak Shri Charukirtiji Maharaj of Mudabidri who has been visiting North America several times since 1979. In the beginning he was severely criticized back in India for traveling overseas to the country of the "mlechchhas". Because he was head of perhaps the best known Bhattarak Peeth in India, he was...
Posted: 03.02.2011
By Prof. Dr. Yashwant K. Malaiya
The Rashtrakuta Kings Among the Rashtrakuta kings, Amoghavarsh was the first follower of Jainism. He ascended the throne in 821 AD. He was a learned person. Acharya Jinasen, author of Adipuran, was his learned preceptor. Amoghavarsh was considered one of the four mightiest emperors of the world, his capital was Manyakhet. Ganit Sar Sangrah states that Amoghavarsh was follower of the religion of non-absolutism...

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