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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. Mukhtār1 supposes that the Digambara tradition came to use the name Umāsvāmin 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 thereon…

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Soni, Jayandra, “Umāsvāti”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Denison University University of Edinburgh University of Bergen University of California, Berkeley John E. Cort, Paul Dundas, Knut A. Jacobsen, Kristi L. Wiley. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2020

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