Mahavira +Search for Videos

the Jain mathematician|Mahāvīra (mathematician)

Vardhamana Mahāvīra
background-color: Yellow
Last ''jain tirthankara''

background-color: Orange
'''Other Names:'''
Veer, Ativeer, Vardhaman, Sanmati
'''Main teachings:'''
Ahiṃsā+, Anekantavada+, Aparigraha
Vasokund, Vaishali
Pawapuri+, Bihar+
6 feet
72 years
Important dates
13th of Chaitra
599 BCE
Kartik Amavasya (Dipawali)
527 BCE

'''Mahavira''' (599 BCE–527 BCE title=Rude Travel: Down The SagesVir Sanghvi

Mahavira was born into a royal family in what is now Bihar+, India+. At the age of 30 he left his home in pursuit of spiritual awakening (Diksha+). For the next twelve and a half years he practiced intense meditation and severe penance, after which he achieved Kevala Jnana+ or enlightenment. He travelled all over Bharat+ (which was larger than today's India+) for the next thirty years to teach Jain philosophy+. Mahavira attained moksha+ at the age of 72. Mahavira was given the title ''Jīnā'', or “Conqueror” (conqueror of inner enemies such as attachment, pride and greed), which subsequently became synonymous with Tirthankara. Although, there is reasonable evidence to believe that Parsva+, predecessor of Mahāvīra was a historical figure, still Mahavira is sometimes referred as the founder of Jainism. On this famous Indologist, Heinrich Zimmer+ note:

According to Jain texts+, Mahavira was born in 599 BCE. His date of birth is on the thirteenth day of the rising moon of Chaitra+ in the Vira Nirvana Samvat+ calendar. In the Gregorian calendar+, this date falls in March or April and is celebrated as Mahāvīra Janam Kalyanak+. Mahavira was born into the royal family of King Siddartha of Kundgraam+ and Queen Trishala+, sister of King Chetaka of Vaishali.

Mahavira was born into a royal family of Kshatriyas. Historians have identified three places in Bihar as his possible birthplace: Kundigram in Vaishali district+, Lachhuar in Jamui+ and Kundalpur in Nalanda+. Most modern historians agree that Vasokund was his birthplace. Traditionally, Kundalapura in the ancient city of Vaishali+ is regarded as his birthplace; however, its location remains unidentified. As the son of a king, Mahavira had all luxuries of life at his disposal. Both his parents were strict followers of Pārśva+.

His childhood name was 'Vardhamana', which means "One who grows", because of the increased prosperity in the kingdom at the time of his birth. Winternitz408 (son of ''Natas''). This referred to his clan of origin, the ''Ñatta''.

Mahavira was born in a democratic kingdom, in which king was chosen by voting. Therefore, freedom and equality were core of Mahavira's thinking. Jain traditions are not unanimous about his marital state. According to one tradition, Digambara+, he was celibate and according to another (Shwetamber) he was married young to Yashoda and had one daughter, Priyadarshana.

At the age of 30, Mahavira abandoned all the comforts of royal life and left his home and family to live ascetic life for spiritual awakening. He underwent severe penances, even without clothes. There is graphic description of hardships and humiliation he faced in the ''Acaranga Sūtra''. In the eastern part of Bengal+ he suffered great distress. Boys pelted him with stones, people often humiliated him.
The Kalpa Sūtra gives a detailed account of his ascetic life:

After twelve and a half years of rigorous penance he achieved '''Kevala Jnana+''' i.e., realization of perfect perception, knowledge, power, and bliss. The ''Acharanga sutra'' describes Mahavira as all-seeing. The ''Sutrakritanga+'' elaborates the concept as all-knowing and provides details of other qualities of Mahavira.

For the next 30 years Mahavira travelled far and wide in India to teach his philosophy. His philosophy has eight cardinal (law of trust) principles, three metaphysical, and five ethical. The objective is to elevate the quality of life.
*Five ethical principles that were preached by Mahavira:
# Ahiṃsā+ or non-violence- Mahavira taught that every living being has sanctity and dignity of its own and it should be respected just like we expect to respect our own sanctity and dignity. In simple words, we should show maximum possible kindness to every living being.
# Satya+ or truthfulness which leads to harmony in society. One should speak truth and respect right of property of each other's in society. One should be true to his own thoughts, words and deeds to create mutual atmosphere of confidence in society.
# Asteya+ or non-stealing which states that one should not take anything if not properly given.
# Brahmacharya+ or chastity which stresses steady but determined restraint over yearning for sensual or sexual pleasures.
# Aparigraha+ or non-possession, non-attachment which requires complete detachment from people, places and material property.

Mahavira taught that pursuit of pleasure is an endless game, so we should train our minds to curb individual cravings and passions. That way one does achieve equanimity of mind, mental poise and spiritual balance. One should voluntarily limit acquisition of property as a community virtue which results in social justice and fair distribution of utility commodities. The strong and the rich should not try to suppress the weak and the poor by acquiring limitless property which results in unfair distribution of wealth in society and hence poverty. Attempting to enforce these five qualities by an external and legal authority leads to hypocrisy or secret criminal tendencies. So the individual or society should exercise self-restraint to achieve social peace, security and an enlightened society.

Another fundamental teaching of Mahavira was Anekantavada+ i.e., pluralism and multiplicity of viewpoints. Mahāvīra employed anekānta extensively to explain the Jain philosophical concepts. Taking a relativistic viewpoint, Mahāvīra is said to have explained the nature of the soul as both permanent from the point of view of underlying substance (''nīshyānay''), and temporary, from the point of view of its modes and modification.

According to Jain agams, Mahavira attained moksha+ or complete liberation in 527 BCE and his soul is believed to have become Siddha i.e., soul at its purest form. On the same day Indrabhuti Gautama+, his Ganadhara+ (chief disciple) attained Kevala Jnana. According to Mahapurana+, after the nirvana of tirthankaras, devas+ do the funeral rites. According to Pravachansar, only nails and hair of tirthankaras are left behind, and rest of the body gets dissolved in the air like camphor. Some Western scholars suggests that this date would have been around 425 BCE. There is a Jain temple+ named Jal mandir in Pawapuri+, the place where Mahavira is believed to have attained nirvana. Mahavira is usually depicted in a sitting or standing meditative posture with a symbol of a lion under him.

Mahavira’s previous births are discussed in Jain texts such as the ''Trisastisalakapurusa Charitra'' and Jinasena+'s ''Mahapurana+''. While a soul undergoes countless reincarnations in transmigratory cycle of saṃsāra+, the births of a tirthankara are reckoned from the time he determined the causes of karma+ and developed the Ratnatraya+. Jain texts discuss twenty-six births of Mahavira prior to his incarnation as a tirthankara.

There are various Jain texts describing the life of Mahavira. The most notable of them is the ''Kalpa Sūtra'' of Bhadrabahu+. The first Sanskrit biography of Mahavira was ''Vardhamacharitra'' by Asaga+ in 853 CE.
Mahavira was grandson of the first ''tirthankara+'', Rishabha+, according to Jain legends. He was earlier born as the heretical grandson of Rishabha known as Marichi.

Mahavira's teachings were for the welfare of humanity and can be the answer to challenges of the modern world.

* Arihant (Jainism)+
* God in Jainism+
* History of Jainism+
* Timeline of Jainism+
* Samavasarana+


|title=Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence
|publisher=World Wisdom, Incorporated
|title=Non-violence and the other A composite theory of multiplism, heterology and heteronomy drawn from jainism and gandhi
|title=The Jains
|first=Helmuth Von
|title=Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation
|publisher=Motilal Banarsidass
|first=Kailash Chand
|title=Lord Mahāvīra and His Times
|publisher=Motilal Banarsidass
|title=Jain Temples of Rajasthan
|publisher=Abhinav Publications
|title=Agama and Tripitaka a Comparative Study of Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha
|publisher=Concept Publishing Company
|title=History of Indian Literature: Buddhist and Jain Literature
|publisher=Motilal Banarsidass
|first1=R. T.
|title=Contemporary Approaches to Value Education in India
|publisher=Regency Publications
|title=The Basic Thought Of Bhagavan Mahavir
|publisher=Hindi Granth Karyalay
|title=''Jain tattvavidya''
Bhartiya Gyanpeeth
|title=Philosophies Of India
|editor=Joseph Campbell
|publisher=Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd
|location=London, E.C. 4

* by Dr. Jaykumar Jalaj

Authority control:
Jain religious leader
599 BC

Mahavira+ Mahavira (599 BCE–527 BCE), also known as Vardhaman, was the twenty-fourth and last tirthankara of Jainism of present Avasarpani era (half time cycle as per Jain cosmology).
Mahavira Hall+ A Mahāvīra Hall or Hall of Mahāvīra (Chinese: 大雄寶殿; pinyin: Dàxióngbǎodiàn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tōa--hiông-pó-tiān; literally: "Hall of the Great Hero") is the main building of a traditional temple complex in East Asian Buddhism, where Gautama Buddha and other buddhas and bodhisattvas are enshrined.
 Mahaviracharita+ Not to be confused with Hemachandra's Jain work about Mahavira
 Mahāvīra (mathematician)+ Mahāvīra (or Mahaviracharya, "Mahavira the Teacher") was a 9th-century Jain mathematician from Mysore, India.
 Vira Nirvana Samvat+ The Vira Nirvana Samvat (era) originated on 15 October 527 BCE. It commemorates the nirvana of Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankara.
 Barsine (moth)+ Barsine is a genus of moth in the family Arctiidae.
Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence+ Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence is an illustrated children’s story based upon the life of a teacher of the Jain faith.
 Mahavira TV+ Mahavira TV is an Hindi-language 24/7 Hindu television channel, owned by Mahavira Limted India.