Facets of Jainology

Facets of Jainology

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Author: Vilas Adinath Sangave
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 242
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171548393


The Jain Community is one of the oldest communities in the world. It has made several important contributions to society. However, knowledge about this ancient community is very limited.

‘Facets of Jainology’, a collection of research papers, presents to the world a complete picture of the Jain community’s way of life, its people and it s culture. The book is divided into three parts. The first part is about the ‘Jain Society. This section deals with the sociological structure of the Jain society, the caste system, the position of widows and several other important issues. The second part is about the antiquity of the Jain religion, the jain tradition of the Tirthankars, Jainism’s inherent belief in the principle of Ahimsa and the status of Jainism today.

The concluding part is on Jain culture. Perhaps the most important contribution of the Jain is in the field of language, literature. The Jain temples are some of the most ancient in the world. Some of the oldest Jain paintings and sculptures are to be found in cave scattered all across India. Besides these, the most important contribution of Jainism towards society is the principle of Ahimsa, which forms the basis for rules of conduct laid down for its followers. The Jain saints have played a significant role in the uplift of society by banishing harmful anti-social from society, by encouraging the government to take up welfare schemes for the poor and by spreading religious and secular education among the masses.

‘Facets of Jainogy’ is a treasure-house of knowledge which will be useful to scholars as well as ordinary people interested in delving into the various aspects of Jainology.



1. Jains as a Significant Minority
2. Jain Social History:- A Neglected Branch of Study
3. Jain Society and National Culture
4. Jain Sangha and Society
5. Jain Demography I: Growth of Jain Population
6. Jain Demography II: Distribution of Jain Population
7. Jain DemographyIII: Sex-Composition of Jain Population
8. Reform Movements Among Jains in Modern India
9. History of Social Reform among Jain
10.Social Dimensions of Recent Developments in Jainism
11.Position of a Widow in the Jain Community
12.Caste-System Among the Jains: The Formation of Castes and Sub-Castes

13. Jainism: The Oldest Religion
14. Parliament of World’s Religions, Chicago: Remarkable Role of Jain Religion
15. The Jain Declaration on Nature: A Historic Document
16. The Jain Tradition of Tirthankaras
17. The Bhattaraka Tradition
18. Practicability of Ahimsa
19. Basic Positivity of Ahimsa
20. Social Significance of Ahimsa
21. Status of Jainism in India

22. Jain Contributions to Indian Culture
23. Cultural contributions of Jain Acharyas
24. Shravana-Belagola: The Most-Prominent Spiritual Center
25. The Colossal Image of Gommateshvar: Tradition and Reality
26. The Colossal Image of Gommateshvar: Serene and Sublime
27. The Mahamastakabhisheka Ceremony
28. Prakrit Studies Today
29. Barasa Anurekka: Twelve Contemplations
30. Gomatesa-Thudi: Hymn of Gommatesha