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Aupapātika (c. 1st-2nd century CE) forms part of the 12 Jain upanga āgamas as per Śvetámbara tradition. Aupapātika is translated as “Spontaneously Arising” so named as it contains descriptions of Heavenly beings and Hellish beings who are born spontaneously.
It contains descriptions of Devs/ heavenly beings who are born in heavens and hellish beings born in hells. It also contains an elaborate account of Mahavira’s preaching and descriptions of the mechanism which brings about attainment of liberation.
Illustrated SRI AUPAPATIKA SUTRA Prakrit Gatha - Hindi exposition - English exposition and Appendices Ed. by Pravartaka Amar Muni, Shrichand Surana Saras Eng. tr. by Surendra Bothra 12 Oil paintings by Dr. Trilok Sharma reproduced on art plates 2003 250 x 190 mm 388 pp 12 colour plates
- Jain 1998, p. 5.
- Jain, Sagarmal (1998). "Jain Literature [From earliest time to c. 10th A.D.]". Aspects of Jainology: Volume VI.