Composed by Acharya Jinasena (9th century), the Adipurana, is an extremely important work which along with describing the holy lives of the first Tirthankara Rishabhadeva, Bharata and Bahubali also throws elaborate light on the main sources and development of Indian culture and history. For the study of Jaina culture and history, it makes an essential reading. It is not just a Puranic work but a superb epic also. So far as subject matter is concerned, it is regarded as a dharmashastra or theological work, a treatise on political science, as well as a work on ethics. It offers a detailed exposition of the evolution of human society, its classification in different groups, religious rituals of specific classes and other aspects of civilization.
It has been a source book for later poets of Sanskrit and other Indian languages to draw upon. The entire work has been published by the Bharatiya Jnanapith in two parts. It has been edited by the pre-eminent scholar of Jaina religion and philosophy Dr. Pannalal Jain. Along with the original Sanskrit text and its Hindi translation, the volume contains a significant introduction, glossaries of technical and geographic terms and individual names. This makes it indispensable for researchers, particularly those engaged in a comparative study of the Puranic and poetic literature. We present a new improved edition of both the parts of the
Adipurana. This book is in Sanskrit with Hindi Translation.