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What is a tirthankara?

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literally, ford-maker or one who makes a bridge ... in Sanskrit, jina


Jainism recognises 24 tirhankaras, the last of whom was Mahavira, who founded Jainism as a religious community


Tirhankaras

Tirhankara carvings in a Jain Cave.

They are digambar meaning sky-clad


One who is clad with the sky, does not wear clothes.

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