Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra – is a major Indian saga and one of the cornerstones in the Jain system of belief, one of the oldest ascetic religions of India. The title translates to “Lives of Sixty-Three Great Men” or “The Lives of the Jain Elders” and it was written by the scholar Acharya Hemchandra Sur from the Shvetambara sect of Jainism in the 12th century. He was widely respected by all Jains but also in the entire Sanskrit world of the time since he wrote extensively in Prakrit, Sanskrit, Apabhramsha and Old Gujarati. These volumes are the English translations of the Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra hagiographies of the 63 Great Men of the Jain tradition done by Dr. Helen Johnson and published for the first time in 1931 in India. The books describe the Jain saints, their asceticism and eventual liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.
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