Jatāsimhanandi (Sanskrit: जटासिंहनन्दि), also called Jatasimha Nandi or Jatila Muni (जटिलमुनि), was a JainSanskrit poet believed to have lived in the 6th-9th century CE period. He lived in the modern-day Indian state of Karnataka.
Jatasimhanandi was the author of several kāvya poetic works, including the adventure narrative of Varangacharita. Although it has not conclusively been established, he may have been stylistically influenced by Aśvaghoṣa.
^ abNagendra Kumar Singh (2001), Encyclopaedia of Jainism, Volume 1, Anmol Publications Pvt Ltd, ISBN81-261-0691-3, "... To the 7th century we can assign another poem written by a Digambara poet viz. the Varangacarita of Jatasimhanandi ... the Varangacarita and its author Jata Simhanandi ... The poem Varangacarita runs to 31 chapters and describes the vicissitudes of the life of prince Varanga ..."
^ abAnthony Kennedy Warder (1994), Indian kāvya literature: The ways of originality (Bāna to Dāmodaragupta), Volume 4, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, ISBN978-81-208-0449-4, "... the Chalukya Empire of Karnataka belongs a Jaina dharma novel, the Varangacarita by Jatasimhanandin (or Jatila or Jatacarya ... commemorated in the Koppala inscription) ... Though a fiction (the names of the hero and of several other characters are obviously fictitious) ... had read and enjoyed Asvaghosa's works and wished to give the Jainas a counterpart ..."