Acharya Shri 108
Ji Maharaj
Image of Acharya Akalanka
Religion Jainism
Sect Digambara
Born 720 CE
Died 780CE

Akalanka (also known as Akalank Deva and Bhatta Akalanka) was a famous Jain logician whose Sanskrit-language works are seen as landmarks in Indian logic.[1][2] He lived from 720-780 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]


The great eighth-century logician Akalanka 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.[6]


The following Sanskrit-language works are attributed to Akalanka. Some of these are:[7][8]

  • Laghiyastraya
  • Pramānasangraha
  • Nyāyaviniscaya-vivarana
  • Siddhiviniscaya-vivarana
  • Astasati
  • Tattvārtharājavārtika

See also


  1. 1 2 Akalaṅka; Goyal, Devendra Kumar (2005-01-01). 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. Dundas 2002, p. 80.
  7. Singh & Baruah 2003, p. 32.
  8. Sures Chandra Banerji (1989). A Companion to Sanskrit Literature. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 10. ISBN 978-81-208-0063-2.


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