Dr. Panna Lai Jain, born at Parguwan in Distt. Sagar (M-P.) on March 5, 1911, is a noted Jain scholar. He is Principal of Shri Ganesh Dig. Jain Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Sagar. He is associated with this college as teacher since 1st July, 1931.
He passed Kavyatirtha from Bengal Sanskrit Shiksha Parishad, Calcutta in 1930 in First Division, Sahityacharya from Banaras Sanskrit University in 1936 and obtained Ph.D. from Sagar University in 1974. In 1969-70, he was honoured by the President on Teachers’ Day. For the last 25 years he is Secretary of All India Dig. Jain Vidwat Parishad.
With his per- severence, regular writing habit and labour Dr. Panna Lai has enriched the Jain literature considerably, even on some difficult subjects. Translations/Editing of Hand-Written Religious Scriptures : Adi Puran-2 Vol. (Jin Senacharya Moolsangh), Uttar Puran (Gunbha- dracharya), Padma Puran—3 Vol.
(Ravisen- acharya), Harivansh Puran (Jinsen Punnat Gani), Jivandhar Champu (Hari Chandra)(Prized by Mittra Puruskar and Madhya Pradesh Government Sahitya Parishad), Gadya Chintamani (Vadibhsingh), Dharmasharmabhudaya (Hari Chandra), Puru Dev Champu (Arahddas), Dharma Sharmabhudaya (Hari Chandra), (Hindi Translation), Samayasar (Kund-kund), Tattwar- tha Sar.
(Amrit Chandra), Vikrant Kaurava (Hastimall), Stuti-Vidya (Samantabhadra), Adhyatma Tarangini (Somdev), Astpahud (Kund-kund), Aradhanasar(Devsen),Swayambhu Stotra (Samantabhadra), Kund-kund Bharati (Kund-kund), Ratna-Karan Shravakachar (Samantabhadra), (with Sanskrit Tika), Niyam- sar (Kund-kund), Sevya and Sevkopdesh (Chhemendra), Chaturvarg Sangraha (Chhe- mendra), Darpa Dalnam (Chhemendra), Nemi- doot (Vikram).
Original Writtings : Samayik Path, Trilokya Tilak Vratodhyapanam, Ashok Rohini Vratodhyapanam, Ravi Vratodhyapanam, Dharma Kusumodhyanam, Vrishabh Jinendra Puja, Chaubisi Puran (Hindi), Rattnatryi—I Vol., Shripal Charit (Prose-poetry), Acharya Shiv- sagar Smriti Grantha,Maha Kavi Hari Chandra Ek Anushilan (Research Thesis of Ph.D.).
His books Gadya Chintamani, Dharma- Sharmabhudaya, Moksh Shastra, Vikrant Kau- rava, Bhaktamar Stotra, Kalyan Mandir Stotra, Vishaphar Stotra, Eki Bhav Stotra, Ratna- Karand Shravakachar are prescribed for Maneck Chand Examination Board, Sholapur. Residence : Katra Bazar, Sagar (M.P.)