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By Swami Harshananda

Jinas literally means ‘those who have conquered themselves’.

The twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras are the founders of Jainism. They are called ‘Jinas’, since they had conquered their own minds. Ṛṣabhadeva was the first among them and Mahāvira was the last tīrthaṅkaras.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore