Table of Jain Gods
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Jainism traces its roots to a succession of 24 Jinas ("those who overcome", or conqueror) in ancient East India.
Last Updated: Wednesday,December 1, 1999
The first Jina is traditionally believed to have been a giant who lived 8.4 million years ago. The most recent and last Jina was Vardhamana (a.k.a. Mahavira, "The Great Hero") He was born in 550 BCE) and was the founder of the Jain community. He attained
enlightenment after 13 years of deprivation. In 420 BCE, he committed the act of salekhana
which is fasting to death.
Each Jina has "conquered love and hate, pleasure and pain,
attachment and aversion, and has thereby freed `his' soul from the karmas obscuring
knowledge, perception, truth, and ability..."
Jainism is a syncretistic religion, which contains many elements similar to Hinduism and
Buddhism. The world's almost 4 million Jains are almost entirely located in India. There are
about 1,410 in Canada (1991 census).
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