One of the names that Rama had was Padma. It was this name that the Jaina historians liked the most. That is why poetic works were written in Prakrit, Sanskrit and Apabhramsha based on this name. In Prakrit Vimal Suri’s Pauma Chariu is an outstanding work on the story of Rama. Written by Acharya Ravi Sena, Padma Charit or Padma Purana is a remarkable work on Rama’s story in Sanskrit. And composed by Svayambhu the present work Pauma Chariu is regarded as the very first epic poem of Apabhramsha.
Pauma Chariu is a poetic work of great charm. Though the story of Rama is narrated in it in the traditional manner, its form and style, the beauty of description and subject matter have many peculiarities. The whole work is published by the Bharatiya Jnanpith in five parts. Composed in the first twenty sandhis or divisions, the story of this part is related to the birth of Rama and his childhood. It is the most useful and worth to be acquired work for scholars of Ramakatha.