Jinas

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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.


References

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