Skip to main content

Ādi-purāṇa

Ādi-purāṇa.
1. An occasional title of Brahma purāṇa.

2. A Jain work in Skt. on the ‘origin’ and past history of the world. It was written by Jinasena in S. India, and completed by his disciple Guṇabhadra who also continued the narrative in the Uttara-purāṇa, which his own disciple Lokasena finished in c.892 CE. These two parts, also called together Mahā-purāṇa, contain the Jain world history, from its beginnings up to the time of the Mahāvīra, the last tīrthaṅkara (and historical founder of Jainism). Within the framework of the (mythical) adventures of the sixty-three śalākā-puruṣas (lit. ‘staff-men’, denoting here ‘heroic men’), a vast store of Indian and specifically Jain story material has been arranged.

Jinasena's intention was to provide, in an increasingly ‘Hindu-conscious’ southern Indian environment, a Jain answer to the Hindu purāṇas.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Ādi-purāṇa." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Encyclopedia.com. 19 Oct. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Ādi-purāṇa." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 19, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/adi-purana

"Ādi-purāṇa." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Retrieved October 19, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/adi-purana

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.