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The name Umāsvāti is the more common Śvetāmbara designation for the renowned and revered Jain teacher to whom the Digambaras also refer as Umāsvāmin or Umāsvāmī. Indeed, these names present something of a conundrum. J. Mukhtār (1930, 270) supposes that the Digambara tradition came to use the name Umāsvāmī through the influence of the works of Śrutasāgarasūri in the 16th century. P. Balcerowicz, on the other hand, claims that the author of the Tattvārtha Sūtra (c. 350–400) was a different person from the author of the Tattvārthādhigamabhāṣya (c. 400–450), a Śvetāmbara commentary t…

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Soni, Jayandra, “Umāsvāti”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Edited by: John E. Cort, Denison University, Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh, Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Kristi L. Wiley, University of California, Berkeley. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20180316

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