The Prakrit Bhavan housing the institution, was inaugurated by Honourable
Rastrapatiji, Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharmaji. It is situated in a campus of about 50
Acres of land gifted by His Holiness Jagadguru Karmayogi Swastishri
Charukeerthy Bhattaraka Swamiji, Jain Matha , also the Chairman of this
This Bhavan accommodates a Scientifically maintained Manuscripts Library of
more than 5000 bundles and the title are about 15,000 invaluable ancient works
inscribed on palm-leaves and paper, and also a rich library of more than 20,000
This being the only center in the entire of South India, for the promotion of
higher education and research on inheriterd Prakrit and allied Literature on
Theology, Philosophy, History, ancient Mathematics, Ayurveda, ancient Art &
Architecture, etc., has been attracting a large number of learned scholars from
all over the world.
The Institute perpetually supports by providing guidance and monetary
assistance to as many as ten research scholars to work their Ph.D. / D. lit.
Degrees in Prakrit and allied subjects. In this Institution emphasis is
stressed on Prakrit apart from Sanskrit, Classical Kannada, Epigraphical,
Historical,Art and Architectural studies. The University of Mysore has
recognized this Institute for all research works by granting it’s affiliation.
The Institute is having about five thousand bundles and the titles are about 15
thousand among them there are some very important Manuscripts available like
Gommatasara, Chattisa Ganitha, Adipurana, Khagendramanidarpana and Thiloya
1. Gommatasara Prakrit text which was written by Nemichandra
Siddhanatha Chakravarthi in 10th C.A.D is in two parts i.e.
Jeevakanda and Karmakanda. Jeevakanda consists of 734 Gathas and Karmakanda 238
Gatas.On this important Jain doctrine one Keshavanna has written a commentary
in Kannada which consists of 17,325 Granthas. In printing this will come to
about 2500 pages in demy 1/8 size. This was copied in shaka 1478(1556 A.D) in a
beautiful handwriting Paristheva.
2. Chattisa Ganitha of Mahaviracharya written in 9th C.A.D.
is and important manuscripts in the field of mathematical collection. The
volume of work is about 9,000 Granthas. The work is Sanskrit Shlokas and
Kannada commentary. This is copied in Shaka 1380(1458 A.D.
3. Adipurana of Pampa depicity the story of Adithirthankara is a
Unique work in Kannada literature. The original work was written in A.D.931.
The copy of this manuscript which we are having is written in shaka
1301(A.D.1379). the volume of this work is about 5,000 Granthas. In print this
wiil come to about 300 pages in demy 1/8 size.
4. Khagendra Manidaroana of Mangaraj who was
written in 1360 A.D. is a unique work in Kannada literature. This is the only
work an Vishavaidya (Ayurveda) in Kannada literature. Apart from this
manuscript is to be in the showcase because of the miniature script. The volume
of this work is about 8,000 Granthas.
5. Thiloyapannathi of Yathivrishabhacharya a written in 6th
C. A.D. on the three worlds according to jain theory . This is Prakrit
consisting of 3,006 Gathas or stazas.
In addition there are many
more Manuscripts available for further consideration in preparing the accurate
texts like Samayasara , Pravachanasara, Niyamasar which are to be used by
scholars in further editions.