Acharya Shri


Siddhanta Chakravarty
Image of digambar acharya (head of the monastic order)
Born10th century
Died10th century

Nemichandra (fl. c. 975), also known by his epithet Siddhanta Chakravarty, was a Jain acharya from present-day India. He wrote several works including Dravyasamgraha, Gommatsāra (Jivakanda and Karmakanda), Trilokasara, Labdhisara and Kshapanasara.


Nemichandra flourished around 975.[1] He was popularly known as "Siddhanta-Chakravarti" (i.e. the Paramount Lord of the Philosophy).[2]

He was the spiritual teacher of Chavundaraya and their relation is expressed in the 1530 inscription in the enclosure of Padmavati temple, Nagar Taluka, Shimoga district.[2]

Nemichandra supervised the abhisheka (consecration) of the Gommateshwara statue (on 13 March 980).[2][3]


At the request of Chavundaraya, Nemichandra wrote Gommatsāra in 10th century,[4] taking the essence of all available works of the great Acharyas.[2] Gommatasara provides a detailed summary of Digambara doctorine.[4]

He wrote Trilokasara based on the Tiloya Panatti,[5] Labdhisara, Kshapanasara, Pratishthapatha and Pratishthatilaka.[6][7] Abhaya-chandra (c. 1325) wrote a vyakhyana on Nemichandra's Triloka-sara.[8] Indra-vama-deva wrote Trilokya-dipaka based on Nemichandra's Trailokya-sara, for Nemi-deva of the Puravata (or Pragvata) family.[1]

Earlier scholars believed that Dravya-sangraha was also written by him, however, new research reveals that this compendium was written by Acharya Nemichandra Siddhantideva who was contemporary to the Paramara king Bhoja.[9]

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  1. ^ a b Pingree 1970, p. 55.
  2. ^ a b c d Sangave 2001, p. 206.
  3. ^ Tukol, T. K., Jainism in South India
  4. ^ a b Orsini & Schofield 1981, p. 71.
  5. ^ Shah 1987, p. 239.
  6. ^ Sangave 2001, p. 205-206.
  7. ^ Shah 1987, p. 249.
  8. ^ Pingree 1970, p. 45.
  9. ^ Sangave 2001, p. 205.