Archives of Jain Heritage

Chief Patron : Samani Charitra Prajna

Patron : Prof. S.R. Banerjee

Name of Principal Investigator (PI) : Dr Samani Riju Prajna & Dr Anil Dhar

Abstract of the Project : The most creditable contribution of Jainas is in the field of Metaphysics, Philosophy, Ethics, Art and Archeology, Languages and Literature. The authors of the Jain literature have contributed enormously to the religious, ethical, poetical, and scientific literature of ancient India. Jaina authors wrote on various subjects like logic, philosophy, poetics, grammar, lexicography, astronomy, astrology, geography, medicine etc. It can be said that the survival of Jainism though as a minority community became possible through its rich literature which is available in various languages. There are many Jain archives in the form of libraries, store houses, museums etc. where one can find Jain works but it is not easy task to get required material at one place. To realize the goal of accessing the sources and information of all Jain works, the proposal of 'Archives of Jain Heritage' is proposed. With the above objective, an appreciable task has been done by D.A Guerinot, a French scholar by publishing the valuable volumes “Essai De Bibliography Jaina” in 1906 and “Repertoive d’ Epigraphie Jaina” in 1908. These books have been of great help to scholars and students interested in the study of Jainism. Encouraged by this work of D.A Guerinot, one more great effort in this field had been done by Chhotelal Jain by publishing ‘Jain Bibliography’ in two volumes which provide the information regarding Jain works published at national and international levels from 1908 to 1960. The first volume consists the details up to 1925 and second volume makes the details available up to 1960. Since 1960, much more has been done in the field of Jaina study. Many books have been published and numerous articles have appeared in the Indian and foreign journals. So the purpose of Archives of Jain Heritage is to prepare a comprehensive informative authentic documented record about Jain Heritage from 1960-2010. This work will be compiled, categorized and edited to present the data in scientific order in published form.

Name of Department : Mahadeolal Saraogi Anekant Shodhpeeth & Jainology Comparative Religion and Philosophy

Name of the Institution of the PI : Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Ladnun

Name of the other contributors in research : Dr. Samani Agam Prajna, Rohit Prajna, Dr. Vandana Mehta

Project Funded by : JVBI (Deemed University), Ladnun

Key words : Archive, Metaphysics, Lexicography etc.

Conclusion : The Archives of Jain Heritage will prove to be instrumental to provide the information of all aspects of the Jain culture, one of the ancient religious cultures of world. The update information regarding Jain bibliography, manuscripts, research studies, scholars, centres, libraries will be provided on a single platform. The mass of world in general and world of academicia in particular will be benefitted to explore a unique and original religious philosophy and its contribution, which are relevant even in this present age of chaos.

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Start Date of Project : November, 2011

Estimated End Date of Project : November, 2015