Jain Tantra: The Jvālāmālinīkalpa and Bhairavapadmāvatīkalpa

In the medieval period, the Jains developed their own fascinating traditions of Mantra Śāstra, including useful sources that are closely related to the Gāruḍa and Bhūta Tantras.
I am pleased to be able to offer digital etexts of the Jvālāmālinīkalpa (input by Aaron Ullrey) and its descendent, the Bhairavapadmāvatīkalpa (input by Michael Slouber).  The former is based on a very faulty edition with Hindi translation (the only one available to my knowledge).  It deserves to be edited, but that would be a project that both Ullrey and myself do not have the time to take on at the moment.  The edition of the Bhairavapadmāvatīkalpa is much cleaner, therefore the digital text of that is more standardized.
The Jvālāmālinīkalpa even mentions Khaḍgarāvaṇa—a mantra-form of Śiva invoked in the Bhūta Tantras to overcome demonic possessors.  For more on Khaḍgarāvaṇa, see this post.
Jhaveri, the editor of much Jaina tantric literature, informs us that Vidyānuśāsana is the source of both texts, so digitizing that text should be our next endeavor!

3 thoughts on “Jain Tantra: The Jvālāmālinīkalpa and Bhairavapadmāvatīkalpa

  1. So glad to know others are working on Jain mantra-sastra. My interest in the text stems from my diss on Jinaprabhasuri, who by many accounts was as adept at alchemy and mantras as he was at poetry. I tried to understand the social world of these practices. I look forward to meeting you at the AAR.
    Steve Vose
    Florida International University

  2. Dear Professor,
    Am Professor VIJAYAKUMAR BABU, AVADHANULA.I hereunder paste my brief and lastest PERSONAL PROFILE, self explanatory, for your reference and record.
    Am writing on TANTRISIM. I need your help. Would you please mind to mail me data on JAIAN TANTRIC TEXTS and their avilability.
    I shall be much grateful to you.
    Thanking you very much.
    Professor BABU
    Professor VIJAYA KUMAAR BABU, AVADHAANULA, born on 26 February 1949, at MADHIRA, KHAMMAM DISTRICT, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA, did his B.A. (History-Sanskrit-Telugu: March, 1974), M.A. (English Language and Literature: November, 1978), B.L.I.Sc. (Library and Information Science: April, 1978), M.A. (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology: August, 1980); and Diploma (German Language: May, 1980); M.Phil., (Archaeology: April, 1985)–all from Osmania University, Hyderabad, AP, India; and Ph.D. (Templeology: February, 1990) from Deccan College, University of Poona, Pune, Maharashtra, India. He recently submitted D.Litt. (Post Doctoral Research Degree-Speleology), Agra University, Agra, UP, India; adjudication awaited. And, in June 1989, he also passed Departmental Test for Gazetted Officers in Education Department, conducted by Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, India, on Rules and Regulations of Educational Services in Andhra Pradesh, India. And in 1983, he underwent 40-Working Days In-Field Training in Epigraphcial Studies conducted by School of Epigraphy, Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath, New Delhi.
    Professor AVADHAANULA, after completing his 12-years Schooling, in May 1967, has joined Osmania University Service, as Junior Office Administrative Associate in July 1968 and in September 1971 became Senior Office Administrative Associate, topping in Written/Oral tests, conducted by the University; looking after Academic, Accounts Administrative and other Financial matters. To reach desired levels, while working in the day offices, he pursued higher studies in evening/night colleges. As a result of his untiring efforts, he finally reached the position of Professor and since June 1981, has been Teaching and Guiding Students for the Award of Under-Graduate, Post Graduate and Research Courses i.e. B.A., M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Pan Indian Cultural Studies; with emphasis on Andhra History and Culture; and Post Graduate Diplomas in (a) Archival Science and Manuscriptology and (b) Museology. He was Head and Chairperson, Board of Studies, Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, highest rank in Administrative and Teaching levels, in repute Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, for nearly three decades. Under his Guidance/ Supervision, 10 candidates, each, were awarded their M.Phil, and PhD Degrees, in different branches of Telugu History, Culture and Archaeology.
    Professor VIJAYA, in 1978, has worked and garnered significant experience as Professional Internee at American Library, United States Information Service, American Consulate, Chennai/ Madras, India. He was well trained in Acquisition, Bibliography, Cataloging, Classification, Indexing, Reference and Out-reaching–Services of Book and non-book materials in USIS Library. Testimony to his services, he possesses Certificate issued by American Government, only limited gets.
    Professor KUMAAR, has presented and published 50 research articles at various Regional, National and International Conferences, held within and outside India, on Indian—Aesthetics, Art, Architecture, Cinema, Epigraphy, Iconography, Museology, Musicology, Numismatics, Paintings, Tourism; Brahmanism, Buddhism, Jainism, Philosophy, Religion, Saivism, Saktism, Vaishnavism; and Socio-Economic, Religio-Cultural, Politico-Philosophical Studies. He was Sectional President for a number Conferences; and Member International Council of Museums (ICOM) and Indian National Committee for the International Council of Museums (INC-ICOM) and Executive Member, INC-ICOM (1987-90). His Ph.D. work on Epigraphical and Architectural Studies of Lord Bhavanarayana Temples in Andhra Desa: A Socio-Economic Perspective has won laurels. He visited UK, US, East, South and South-East-Asian Countries, presented research articles and delivered Guest/ Extension Lectures on different angles, aspects and facets of Pan Indian Cultural Studies, focusing on Andhra Culture. He was Special Invitee at the International Telugu Cultural Conferences, held at Malaysia (2006) and Singapore (2006), to Lecture on Cultural Roots and Studies of Telugu Speakers, Globally. And he was also Member, Governing Bodies and Examiner/Resource Person on Indian Cultural Studies for repute Educational Institutions in Hyderabad; Member, Selection Board for Banking, Educational and Railway Services in Andhra Pradesh. He delivered expert Lectures on All India Radio (AIR) and different Television Channels on Indian/Telugu Cultural Studies. Added, he is proved thespian in theater performance and earned laurels in tinsel world.
    Professor Kumar is also the State Coordinator, Andhra Pradesh State, Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle (RGSC), a Non-Governmental and Non-Political Organization (Regd. No. 94/4/2005-06, New Delhi), meant to familiarize, further and popularize the Vision and Philosophy of late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, through his Nation Building Program (NBP) for Economically and Technically sound India; and to juxtapose with G-8 Nations.
    Professor BABU (avadhanulavkbabu@yahoo.co.in/ avishadevi4@gmail.com Res: #12-13-633, Nagarjuna Nagar, Tarnaka, Hyderababd-500017, AP, India; Phone: Land: 0091-040-65176840; Mobile: 0091-9866100512) after serving repute Osmania University for over Four decades (13-years as Academic, Accounts and Administrative Associate; and 28-years as Professor, Head and Chair-Person, Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology) retired in February 2009. Since then, (February 2009-April 2012), he worked as Academic Consultant, in the same Department. Now, he is Editor (a) Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research (www. acdemicjournals.org/JPAPR), (b) Science Journal of Psychology (www.social.sciencejournals.cc), (c) Journal of Inter-generational Societal Mental Illness (www.raceethnicity.org), (d) Journal of Multi-disciplinary Studies, Paschim Medinipur; and Member, Advisory Board Bhatter College, West Bengal, India (bhattercollege.org.in/ bjmseditorialboard.php), (e) Kovela (Telugu-the Temple; Monthly Spiritual Magazine, Hyderabad, AP, India), (f) Journal of Sociology Study, David Publishing Co. Chicago, US (www.ijssh.org/reviewer.html) and (g) Inter Continental–Journal of Multidisciplines (Quarterly Journal, Addis Ababa, (PO Box:21263100) Ethiopia-www.icjmd.com). He was Dean (Honorary), Academic Affairs, Global Institute of Event Management Studies (GIEM), Secunderabad, AP, India. Presently he is working on Sanskrit Inscriptions of South East Asia: A Socio-Economic Study. And he also prefers to serve as Director-Cultural Research Institutes, Museums; Registrar, Vice-Chancellor-Universities; globally, best possible.

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