- Ardhamagadhi is one of the Prakrit languages that immediately descended from ancient SAN-SKRIT. The canonical works of the Jains (see JAIN-ISM) were written in this language; the Jains only later began to write in Sanskrit. Stray records of Ardhamagadhi survive in the dialogue sections of Sanskrit high literature, and some Ardhamagadhi poetry is still extant.Further reading: Siegfried Lienhard, A History of Classical Poetry: Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit. Vol. 3, Fascicle 1, History of Indian Literature, edited by Jan Gonda (Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1984); Moriz Winternitz, History of Indian Literature (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1967).
Encyclopedia of Hinduism. A. Jones and James D. Ryan. 2007.