Posted: 06.07.2011
 
History and Doctrines of Murtipujaka Jains 1. Doctrines Murtipujaka means 'image-worshipping,' and includes both Shvetambaras and Digambaras, so we have Shvetambara Murtipujakas and Digambara Murtipujakas. Murtipujakas are also known as Deravasis. This is a cult centred on temples with puja, worship, of Jina-images, other deities, yakshas and yakshis, and other celestial figures in the Jain pantheon (see...
Posted: 30.03.2011
 
History of the Oswal Community 1. Oswal Ancestry The origin of the name "Oshwal" is probably tied to a small village in the Indian State of Rajasthan named Ossiya. There was once a large city at the site of Ossiya. The ancient names by which this city was known at various times were Uplesh Pattan, Urkesh, Melpur Pattan and Navmeri. According to an Uplesh publication written in 14th Century, Shree Ratna Prabhu...
Posted: 11.03.2011
 
The Jaina Sect of the Yapaniya Apart from the Digambaras and the Svetambaras there was, in the past another sect of the Jains. This sect, known as the Yapaniya existed in Karnataka at least from the 5th to the 14th century. This we know from the epigraphic evidence. The first and the last inscriptions that mention them and which have been discovered so far, belong to these centuries respectively and all the...
Posted: 17.02.2011
 
History of Digambara Jains The history of the Digambara church after Mahavira can generally be divided into four periods. These periods differ from one another not because each of them necessarily has any special characteristic, but mainly because each of the preceding period from the last is shrouded in more and more obscurity, with the result that we know practically nothing substantial about the first of...
Posted: 11.02.2011
 
History of Shvetambara Jains The Shvetambaras, as a distinctly separate church developed only after the Valabhi Council. The Council was held in the year 980 (or 993) after the death of Mahavira (about the middle of the 5th century A.D) for the purpose of collecting the sacred texts and for reducing them to writing. It was presided over by Devarddhi Kshamasramana. An important work of this period was the...

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