Who was Mahavira?
Vardhamana Mahavira is regarded as the real founder of Jainism. He was born in 599 BCE in Kundagrama near Vaishali in Bihar. His father was the head of the Jnatrika clan, and his mother was a Lichchhavi princess. At the age of 30, after the death of his parents, he renounced worldly life and became an ascetic. For the next 12 years, he wandered from place to place in search of truth and knowledge. He led a life of penance and meditation. At the age of 42, he attained the highest spiritual knowledge. He came to be known as Jina (conqueror of self) or Mahavira (Great Hero). He died at the age of 72 in 527 BCE at Pavapuri near Rajagriha.
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