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Rajgir, Nalanda District, Bihar

Rajgir, Nalanda District, Bihar

Located amidst a scenic cragged backdrop, Rajgir, a city in Nalanda district of Bihar in India, is a famous tourist destination, as well as a holy destination for many religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The city, surrounded by seven hills, is home to many pagodas, monasteries and temples. It is mentioned in the epics that Rajgir was known as …

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Jainism at A Glance: Jain beliefs and practices

Jainism at A Glance: Jain beliefs and practices

Jainism is an ancient religion from India that teaches that the way to liberation and bliss is to live lives of harmlessness and renunciation. The essence of Jainism is concern for the welfare of every being in the universe and for the health of the universe itself. Most Jains live in India, and according to the 2001 Census of India …

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Brief Introduction to Jainism: Culture & Traditions

Brief Introduction to Jainism: Culture & Traditions

The word “Jain” is derived from Jina (“Victor,” or “Conqueror”) implying final victory over bondage to life’s misery. Jainism has the universal message of nonviolence. The absence of a creator god in Jainism can be understood as a reaction against the nature worship of early Vedic religion, the priestly order of Brahmanism, and the theology of the Upanishads. Jain arts …

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Tirthankara: Jain Culture & Traditions

Tirthankara: Jain Culture & Traditions

In Jainism, a Tirthankara is a human being who helps in achieving liberation and enlightenment as an “Arihant” by destroying their soul-constraining (ghati) karmas, became a role-model and leader for those seeking spiritual guidance. Tirthankaras revitalize Jain Society by organisation of fourfold Jain Order consisting of monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen. Not all Arihants can become Tirthankaras. There are twenty-four …

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History of Jainism: Jain Culture & Traditions

History of Jainism: Jain Culture & Tradition

Jainism doesn’t have a single founder. The truth has been revealed at different times by a tirthankara, which means a teacher who ‘makes a ford’ i.e. shows the way. Other religions call such a person a ‘prophet’. As great omniscient teachers, Tirthankaras accomplished the highest spiritual goal of existence and then teach others how to achieve it. In what Jains …

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जीओ और जीने दो: भगवान महावीर

जीओ और जीने दो: भगवान महावीर

कष्ट न हो औरों को ऐसे जीएं जीवन रस बाटें सबको, खुद दुख पीएं। निर्मल करो ज्ञान को अपने त्यागो मोह, भय और अज्ञान राग द्वेष को नष्ट करो मिले मोक्ष सुख खान भगवान महावीर का दार्शनिक दृष्टिकोण इसी आधार पर निर्मित हुआ था जो उनके युग में जितना प्रासंगिक था, आज भी उतना ही प्रासंगिक है। आज हम जिस …

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Legends of Mahavira Jayanti: Jain Culture & Traditions

Legends of Mahavira Jayanti: Jain Culture & Traditions

The two sects, namely the Digambars and the Svetambaras, have slightly different stories related to the birth of Lord Mahavira. According to the Digambar school of Jainism, Lord Mahavira was born in 615 BC, but according to the Svetambaras, he was born in 599 BC. Though the two sects believe that he was the son of Siddharth and Trisala, the …

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Lord Mahavira: Jain Culture & Traditions

Lord Mahavira: Jain Culture & Traditions

Mahavira is regarded as the man who gave Jainism its present-day form; although this is true only in the widest sense. He is sometimes wrongly called “the founder of Jainism“. Mahavira is only this world’s most recent tirthankara (and will be the last one in this age). It may be more useful to think of him as a reformer and …

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Mahavir Jayanti

Mahavir Jayanti

India has produced many great saints and spiritual leaders. The days commemorating the birthdays or the incidents in the lives of these great sons of the soil, are considered especially holy. The birthday of Lord Mahavira is observed by both the Digambra (Sky-clad) and Svetambra (White-clad) Jains on the 13th day of the bright half of the Chaitra month (March-April). …

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Bhai Dooj – Hindu Festival

Bhai Dooj

Diwali, the vibrant festival of lights, brings with it a chance to revive relationships. The fifth day of the five-day festival is especially dedicated to honor the unique bond between brother and sister. Known as Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Dooj, it falls on the second day after Diwali, that is, on ‘Shukla Paksha Dwitiya’ in the Hindi month of ‘Kartik’. Thus, Bhayya Dooj is the …

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