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Ahimsa (a-hinmsa), literally means non-violence. Ahimsa has been the doctrine of many a religions in India, especially Jainism. Mahatma Gandhi used it as a powerful means to fight the British. [more]
Basadi (a.k.a. Basti) A Jain shrine or temple
Digambara Literally meaning 'sky-clad', a sect of Jainism that practices nudism.
Gomateshwara (a.k.a Bahubali) An important Jain saint whose huge statue is worhipped in Shravanabelagola
Gomateswara Jain saint whose gigantic statue is erected at Sravanabelagola and other places of pilgrimage.
Jina A conqueror. The term was appropriated by Jains to describe its saviors like Mahavira. Now used in the context of Buddhism as well
Kalakachrayakatha A popular illustrated Jain text describing the adventures of Jain monk Kalaka. Apprx 1400 B.C.
Kalpasutra A medieval Jain text on the life of Mahavira and other Tirthankaras.
Lokopakara 11th century encyclopedic work by Jain minister Chavundaraya on home and social sciences.
Mahavira Mahavira Vardhamana (6th century B.C.) Proponent of the Jain religion which emphasizes non-violence and sacrifice.
Mount Abu A hill station in Rajasthan and home to the Dilwara Jain Temple
Muth (ma-Tha) a Jain or Hindu shrine; monastery
Raghavanka Kannada poet who introduced six-lined stanzas. Important work includes Somanath Charitra dealing with conquest of Veerasaivism over Jainism
Rajgir Home of the Vipul Parvat where Vadhaman Mahaveer, the founder of Jainism called his first religious ceremony
Ranna (b 949 A.D.) A great Jain poet of Kannada [more]
Sravanabelagola Jain place of pilgrimage in Karnataka wedged between the two hills of Indragiri and Chandragiri; a great place of learning and Jaina scholarhood, most famous for the colossal statue of Gomateshwara
Tirthankara Jain preceptor who have found the way to divinity; there are 24 tirthankaras, the last of whom was Mahavira
Tirthankaras Jain preceptors who have found the way to divinity; there are 24 tirthankaras, the last of whom was Mahavira
Ujjain A portal of traditional learning and home of Mahakaleswar temple.


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