It is generally believed that the founder of Jainism was Mahavira.It is now recognized that Mahavira was the 24th Tirthankara.The sacred books of Jain tell us that their first Tirthankara was Rishab, the founder of Jainism. He was the father of Bharata the first Vedic king of India.Rishab was followed by 23 Tirthankaras.The Vishnu Purana and Bhagavat Purana describe Rishab as an incarnation of Narayana.His four main teachings were

  • Not to injure life
  • Not to tell a lie
  • Not to steal
  • Not to possess property
  1. Varadhmana Mahavira
  2. Doctrines of Jainism
  3. Teachings of Jainism
  4. Sects of Jainism
  5. Contribution of Jainism to Indian culture
  6. Jaina Council