Acharya Shri 108


Ji Maharaj
Image of Acharya Akalanka
Born720 CE

Akalanka (also known as Akalank Deva and Bhatta Akalanka) was a Jain logician whose Sanskrit-language works are seen as landmarks in Indian logic.[1][2] He lived from 720 to 780 A.D. and belonged to the Digambara sect of Jainism.[1][3] His work Astasati, a commentary on Aptamimamsa of Acharya Samantabhadra deals mainly with jaina logic. He was a contemporary of Rashtrakuta king Krishna I. He is the author of Tattvārtharājavārtika, a commentary on major Jain text Tattvartha Sutra. He greatly contributed to the development of the philosophy of Anekantavada and is therefore called the "Master of Jain logic".[4][5]


Akalanka flourished in 750 AD.[6] He was aware of the contents of the Angas, although it cannot be said whether they represent an idea rather than a reality for him, and he also seems to have been the first Digambara to have introduced as a valid form of scriptural classification the division into kalika and utkalika texts which was also employed by the Svetambaras.[7] He is mentioned as a logician and a contemporary of Subhatunga and Rashtrakuta king Krishna I.[6]

The samadhi of Acharya Akalanka is located between Thurupammor and Karanthai villages, at a distance of 19 km from Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.


The following Sanskrit-language works are attributed to Akalanka. Some of these are:[8][9]

See also


  1. ^ a b Akalaṅka; Goyal, Devendra Kumar (1 January 2005). The Enlightened Vision of the Self. p. 1,2. ISBN 9788170272441.
  2. ^ Ganga Ram Garg (1992). Encyclopaedia of the Hindu World. Concept. p. 288. ISBN 978-81-7022-375-7.
  3. ^ Singh & Baruah 2003, p. 9.
  4. ^ Singh & Baruah 2003, p. 110.
  5. ^ Singh & Mishra 2007, pp. 9–13.
  6. ^ a b Vidyabhusana 2006, p. 186.
  7. ^ Dundas 2002, p. 80.
  8. ^ Singh & Baruah 2003, p. 32.
  9. ^ Sures Chandra Banerji (1989). A Companion to Sanskrit Literature. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 10. ISBN 978-81-208-0063-2.
  10. ^ Pushpathanathar Jain Temple, Thurupammor-Karanthai