Mahavir's birth

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Mahavira's birth

Mahavira was born into royalty as the son of King Siddhartha and Queen Trishala.

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Mahavira's birth

During pregnancy, Trishala was believed to have had a number of auspicious dreams, all signifying the coming of a great leader.

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Mahavira's birth

The exact number of dreams differs according to the school of Jainism; Svetambaras generally believe that the actual number is fourteen while Digambaras claim sixteen instead.

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Mahavira's birth

Regardless, the astrologers that interpreted these dreams claimed that the child would become either an emperor or a Tirthankar.

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Mahavira's birth

It is said that when Trishala finally gave birth to Mahavira, the god-king Indra bathed the newborn himself with celestial milk, a ritual essentially marking him as a Tirthankar.

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