Pravin K. Shah
Jain Study Center of
Appendix - Summary of
Swetambar Jain Agams
The scriptures, which describe independent or miscellaneous subjects of
the Jain religion, are known as Prakirna‑sutra.
1. Chatuh Sharana: *
This agam contains prayers to the four benevolent beings:
Arihant ‑ God in the form of perfect human being
Siddha ‑ God in the form of pure consciousness
Sadhu - Ascetics
Dharma ‑ Religion
2. Aatur Pratyakhyana (Aayur‑Pachakhana): *
This agam explains differences in the death of children, youths, adults,
and old people. It also describes the types of vows a wise person should
take during various states of illness and how he should beg the pardon of
all living beings in the universe.
3. Bhakti Parijna (Bhatta‑parinna): *
This agam describes the process of fasting and how one should reflect at
the time of death.
4. Sanstaraka (Santhara): *
This agam describes the process of dying by one's own desire and its
5. Tandulavaitalika: *
This agam describes the state of pregnancy and provides knowledge about
the human body.
6. Chandra‑Vedhyaka: *
This agam describes the method of concentrated meditation (Dhyana) that
one should observe through the description of Radhavedha.
7. Devendra‑Stava: *
This agam describes the names, positions, and residences of Devas (angels)
that live in heaven. It also provides a description of the moon, sun,
planets, and stars.
8. Ganita Vidya: *
This agam describes palmistry and how it is used to predict the future (Nimitta).
9. Mahapratyakhyana: *
This agam explains how to completely give up the worst sins and how to
repent these sins.
10. Veerastava: *
This agam is considered lost. However, it appears from literature
referencing this agam that it contained prayers of Lord Mahavir.
Note: * These 13 Agams are not recognized by the
Sthanakvasi and Terapanthi Jain sects.