Harivamsa Purana

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Harivamsa Purana
Period783 AD

Harivaṃśapurāṇa was composed by Acharya Jinasena in 783 AD.[1][2][3] It is divided into 66 cantos and contains 12,000 slokas. The book aims to narrate the life of Neminatha, the twenty-second Tirthankara in Jainism. According to the Jain sources, Krishna is the first cousin of Tirthankara Neminatha. Therefore, Krishna's adventures too occupy a significant portion of the book.[citation needed] Harivamsa Purana suggests that Draupadi was married to only Arjuna as opposed to Hindu traditional accounts which suggests that she was married to all five Pandavas.[4]

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  1. ^ Umakant P. Shah 1987, p. 239.
  2. ^ Upinder Singh 2016, p. 26.
  3. ^ Sen 1999, p. 79.
  4. ^ Doniger 1993, p. 241.


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  • Jain, Dr. Pannalal (2008), Harivamsa Purana of Acharya Jinasena, Bharatiya Jnanapitha, ISBN 978-81-263-1548-2
  • Sen, Sailendra Nath (1999) [1988], Ancient Indian History and Civilization (Second ed.), New Age International Publishers, ISBN 81-224-1198-3
  • Shah, Umakant P. (1987), Jaina-rūpa-maṇḍana: Jaina iconography, Abhinav Publications, ISBN 81-7017-208-X
  • Singh, Upinder (2016), A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century, Pearson Education, ISBN 978-93-325-6996-6