Posted: 19.05.2014
By Prof. Dr. Jeffery D. Long
Post Date: 17.12.2012 JAINISM TIMELINE Distant Past. According to Jain tradition, the first through the twenty-second Tirthankaras (twenty-four enlightened beings who emerge in the course of a cosmic cycle to teach the path to liberation) had enormous life spans and date back in time as far as several billion years. Each Tirthankara has a shorter life span than the previous one. The current series ends with...
Posted: 24.10.2012
 
Introduction It is remarkable that Mahatma Gandhi had grown a close intimacy with Kavi Rajchandraji. Mahatmaji had expressed this experience of his life in very impressive language. He writes, "Tolstoy, Ruskin and Rajchandbhai the three great personalities have influenced me much. Tolstoy through his book and correspondence Ruskin by his "Unto this last!" and Rajchandbhai by his close contact. When I had grown...
Posted: 19.10.2012
 
Mohandas K. Gandhi, whom many revere as the Father of India, was not a Jain by birth. His parents were Vaishnavas and he was born into that Hindu sect in the city of Porbandar, Gujarat on October 2nd, 1869. Jainism has a strong influence in Gujarat because many Jains live there. Growing up in that province with a pious mother, Gandhi was constantly exposed to the Jain doctrines. Although he was not Jain by...
Posted: 04.10.2012
By Justice T.K. Tukol
Jainism in South India There may not be any other religion in India which is as much misunderstood and misrepresented as Jainism. Many scholars have asserted that it is an off-shoot of Buddhism and a revolt from Hinduism. Even an eminent historian like Arnold Toynbee has asserted that Bhagavan Mahavira is the “founder of Jainism” and that the Jainas were “amongst the fossilized relics of similar societies...
Posted: 06.09.2012
By Pravin K. Shah
Introduction The discussion about the Samvatsari Day and Jain Calendar is always a very sensitive issue. It requires careful research and interpretation. The article presented here is not to hurt any Jain sect or its practices but to explore the subject objectively. Almost every year when we celebrate Paryushan and Samvatsari day, there is some confusion and disagreement on what day to observe Samvatsari day...
Posted: 14.08.2012
 
Jainism during Nanda Dynasty occupied a significant position. According to Jain texts the rulers of the Namda Dynasty were followers of Jainism and had many Jain ministers in their courts. According to Jain texts and inscriptions the rulers of the Nanda Dynasty were the followers of Jain cult. There are several literary evidences that reflect the inclination of the Nanda rulers towards the Jain religion. The...
Posted: 13.08.2012
 
Jainism during Kunika Ajatashatru prospered considerably. Kunika Ajatasatru was a ruler of the Magadha Empire and a follower of Lord Mahavira. Jainism during Kunika Ajatashatru flourished significantly. All the kings and the royal generations of this period wholly patronised and followed Jainism. They even provided all the required facilities to develop the literary and cultural activities of Jainism. The Jains...
Posted: 10.08.2012
 
Jainism under Chandragupta Maurya flourished significantly. Chandragupta Maurya was an ardent follower of Bhadrabahu who was a Jain saint. Chandragupta Maurya was the founder of the Mauryan Empire. He succeeded in conquering most of the Indian subcontinent. With his accession to the throne Jainism assumed a new phase in the Indian history. According to the Jain texts he is believed to have been born in a high...
Posted: 09.08.2012
 
Ancient History of Jainism can be traced back to the time of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev. It was under the reign of Chandragupta Maurya that Jainism gained recognition. History of Jainism dates back to the time of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev or Adinath. He was the first of the 24 Tirthankaras and belonged to the House of Ikshwaku, also known as the "House of the Sun". According to the Jain philosophy, Bhagwan Rishabh Dev was...
Posted: 08.08.2012
 
Jainism in the Deccan region had a strong hold. In the regions like Mysore, Kannada and areas of Mumbai and Madras Presidency Jainism had received an upsurge by the royal families. Numerous temples which are now in ruins to a great extent, as also the inscriptions and literary information prove that Jainism had numerous followers in the past and that it experienced a great boom in Maharashtra, in the Kannad...

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