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Bhagwan Mahavir in Brief

Updated on December 17, 2013
Miniature painting of Bhagwan Mahavir
Miniature painting of Bhagwan Mahavir

Bhagwan Mahavir Factfile

Bhagwan Mahavir, also know as Vardhaman Mahavir was a great philosopher of ancient India. For detailed biography of Bhagwan Mahavir, please read my article Vardhaman Mahaveer and His Life .

Here is a brief introduction to Bhagwan Mahavir.

Born On: 13th of Chaitra Shuddha, 599 B.C.E.

Birth Place: Vaishali in present Bihar state of India

Maternal Grandfather: Chetak of Lichchhavi clan

Mother: Trishala of Lichchhavi clan

Father: Siddharth of Nath Clan

Brother: Nandivardhan

Family's Religious Tradition: Chaturyaam Dharm of Parshwanatha, the 23rd Teerthankar of Jainism

Ethnic Community: Nagvanshi Warrior community

Mythical Color: Yellow

Symbol/ Emblem: Lion

Yaksh: Matang

Yakshini: Siddhayika

Names/Nick Names: Vardhaman, Mahavir (Mahaveer), Sanmati, Ativeer, Veer, Niganth Nathputaa (in Buddhism).

First Language: Magadhi

Language of Preaching: Addhamagadhi

Renouncement of Home: At the age of 30

Period of search of knowledge: 12 years

First ascetic disciple: Indrabhuti Gautam

Chief Laymen disciples: Shrenik, the emperor of Magadh and many other kings of contemporary North India.

Salvation: No Moon Day of Kartik, 527 B.C.E.

Place of Salvation: Pavapuri in present day Bihar state of India


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