Acharya Hemachandra
Acharya Hemachandra

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.

A major Indian saga and one of the cornerstones in the Jain system of belief.
Written by: Acharya Hemchandra Sur
Published by: Oriental Institute Baroda
Edition: First English
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

Download the works here:
Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 1

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 2

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 3

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 4

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 5

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 6



  1. Sir/Madam, I am a student of the University of Calcutta. I am perusing my PhD on caravan traders (sarthavas) in ancient India. I need two books Vasudevahindi and Samaraicchakaha for collecting information in this regard. Sir/Madam, I request you to send me the translated and/or the original prakrit version of these above mentioned books. looking for your favour.
    Thanks and regards,
    Soumya Ghosh

  2. namasthe ,….the above provided link does not have volume 4 in it….instead it has volume 3 twice in it…could u please provide volume 4 of the series


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