Dr. Lata Bothra’s interest and intellectual expansion has been touching the nook and corner of Jaina archeology and history. The antiquity and ancient remains of Jainism have been her field of study for years at a stretch. Her works have been highly acknowledged and translated into different languages. She has been incessantly writing and editing on multifarious segments of Jainology and Jain culture. A detailed list of her creative work through the years has been given below.
(A) Literary :
(1) Books :
Bhagwan Mahavir Aur Prajatantra (Hindi)
English translation as ‘The Harmony Within : Democratisation, Globalisation and Vardhaman Mahavir’ Pub : Jain Bhawan, Kolkata,
This famous booklet focuses the relevance of modern democratic purviews in the light of Jaina system of thought. It is an unique work where constitutional focus and Jain thought has been blended into a single way of thought.
This book is concerned with the conceptuality of soul in different philosophies as well as Jaina Dharma. It is an amalgamation of concepts which helps us to peep inside the concept of soul in different segments of Indian Philosophy.
This groundbreaking works on the archaeological historicity of Jain remains at Mt. Kailash, which is also the abode of Lord Rishabhdeva has been the primary focus of this book Published by Jain Bhawan, Kolkata.
This book is the published form of the doctoral dissertation
of Dr. Bothra. It deals with the archaeological antiquity of Jainism reflected in different civilizations, including the Indian subcontinent.
This book traverses through the states of India, bringing out the blend of Jainism in its historical and social perspective. It traverses almost every state in India and forms a socialistic view of the Jaina culture in our subcontinent. The book is the first of its kind in Jainism and Hindi.
Ashtapad Yatra Biwran (Hindi) :
This book is the travelogue of the Kailash Mansarover Yatra by Dr. Bothra. It is a Philosophical as well as informative piece of booklet.
The Mahabharata states that Anga included
even Vanga, that is, the deltaic Bengal between the
Bhagirathi in the west and the Meghna-Padma in the
east; if this be true, then the Anga-Vanga country included the whole of the modern district of Murshidabad.
According to the Jains, the chief disciple of their
Tirthankara Mahavira, was called Gautama Swami or
Gautama Indrabhuti (Ward’s Hindus, p. 247 and
Calebrooke’s Essays, vol. II. p. 179) whose identity with
Gautam Buddha was suggested by both Dr . Hamilton and
Major Delamaine and was accepted by Calebrooke. This
is what Calebrooke says in his Essays, vol. II. p. 276 : “In
the Kalpa Sutra and in other books of the jains, the first
of Mahavira’ s disciples in mentioned under the name of
Indrabhuti, but in the inscriptions under that of Gautam
Swami. The names of the other ten precisely agree.
Whence it is to be concluded that Gautama, the first one
of the first list, is the same with the Indrabhuti, first of
the second list.
Sraman Sanskriti ki Shalaka
Bhumi Magadh Orissa Bengal
We shall not be far wrong, if we suppose, that the torture and the persecution
suffered by the Nirgranthas or Jainas were not less severe than that experienced by the
Buddhists. For the Gauda king had destroyed all the ‘V asatis’ or living places and rest
houses of the Jainas through out the world i.e. through out his kingdom and expelled
them (i.e. Nirgranthas or Jainas) there from. Further, it is this persecution, which is one
of the many factors that lie behind the sudden eclipse of Jainism from Bengal for a
period spreading over a century or more. ... J.J.
Welcome speeches at Netaji Indoor Stadium on 2600th Birth Anniversary of Bhagavan Mahavira and at Ramkrishna Mission Institute, Calcutta in the International Seminar on Bhagavan Mahavira and 21st Century.
Jain Dharam Ki Prachinta - Ahemdabad
Antiquity of Jainism - Acharya Hastimalji Maharaj
Ashtapad a reality - On the Occasion of Astapad Exhibit in Delhi.
Adi Jains of Bengal - Delhi,
Rishab Sanskriti - Ahemadabad.
(B) Documentary Film :
Dr. Lata Bothra has written the script of a celebrated documentary film on Jainism named ‘Shraman Bhagwan Mahavira’ which has achieved applause far and wide.
View The Documentary :
Jain Heritage Of Bengal - Part2
View The Documentary :
(C) Historical Expedition :
Dr. Lata Bothra has extensively toured in Bengal and different parts of India along with travelling in Kailash and Mansarover in Tibet. Her extensive field works in Purulia on the extant specimens of Saraks along with the ancient historicity of Rishabha and Mount Ashtapad in Kailash has been famous all over India.