The Harisenacariu (Skt. Harisenacarita) is an example of Apabhramsa narrative literature and Harisena is one of the twelve Cakravartins in the Sixty-three Jain Great Men (Salaka/Maha-purusas). Though the Jain features of the cakravartin basically correspond with Buddhist ideas, there are various differences. Particularly, the Buddhist cakravartins are the sovereign of this world to the end, the Jain cakravartins renounce worldly pleasures and enter nirvana; the last (fourth) chapter of the Harisenacariu describes it in detail.
Some Jain Ramayana texts contain the biography of Harisena. To locate the Harisenacariu in the tradition of Jain Ramayanas, the story of Harisena is comparable with the Paumacariya, the Padmapurana, the Paumacariu and the Trisastisalakapurusacarita. According to V. M. Kulkarni, the Paumacariya is the oldest and divided into three branches. Among them, the Padmapurana resembles the Harisenacariu in plot. However, the Paumacariu simplifies Harisena's story.
Although Harisenacariu has many rhetorical expressions and the Trisastisalaka-purusacarita abounds with them, these are different from each other both in plot and proper names.
We can conclude that the Harisenacariu belongs to the Padmapurana branch, not derived from the Paumacariu, and that there is no direct connection with the Trisastisalakapurusacarita.