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Jain

Anointing a sixty-foot monolith of Bahubali, A Jain Saint, at Sravanabelagola, South India

Offering at the feet of Bahubali

 

Jains are a small religious group in India. They trace their origins back to Mahavira, a fifth century BCE figure. He is regarded as a "tirthankara," or "ford crosser," one who shows us the way to liberation.

Though numerically small, Jains have contributed much to the philosophy, culture, and religions of India.

 

In a Jain Temple in Rajasthan

 

Image of Mahavira, founder of the Jain tradition, in Rajasthan