Posted: 04.07.2012
 
Jinas Veneration of the 24 Jinas is the most significant devotional focus in Jainism. These perfected-beings serve as role models to guide the faithful on the proper path to liberation from the endless cycles of rebirth. While all are revered as great teachers, four of the Jinas occupy the most exalted positions and have received particular attention in textual and artistic portrayals. Rishabhanatha, the 1st...
Posted: 20.06.2012
 
The Jains worship idols of the Jinas, Tirthankars, who are reverend as supreme beings but as the time passed by the Jains also started worshipping many other deities, yaksas and yakshinis , in Jain temples. Many wonder who are they? How did they get there? How did they get such an importance? Should they be there? The answer to the first question is, even though at times it may seem that they get more...
Posted: 25.03.2011
By Dinesh Z. Shah
The Jaina Deity Padmavati The primary Jain pantheon is the group of twenty-four Tirthankaras, beginning with Lord Rishabhnath and ending with Lord Mahavir. While Tirthankaras are objects of reverence because devotion to subservient figures, including guardian spirits, celestial beings and divinities. Known generally as tutelary deities (sasanadevats), they are systematized in several classes such as divine male...

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