Fandom

Religion Answers

Welcome to Religion Answers. What would you like to know?

Who was Mahavira?

93,660pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Mahavira was a saint in the times of the Buddha who founded a religious community called Jains.


Mahavira's name means great + hero (maha + vir) (one who is victorious).


Mahavira was the last of the tirhankaras; he systematically formulated the teachings of Jainism.


Like the Buddha, he was a royal prince who renouced his birthright. He told his parents he would not marry and he would be celibate. He refrained from his vows and obeyed his parents and got married. He had one daughter.

After his parents died, he wandered the highways and byways of India until he attained liberation under a sodhi tree. He then went to a University and disseminated his teachings and acquired many followers.


Mahavira taught in many places, and fasted many times. He taught detachment from the body and the desires of the flesh. He died when he was 72.

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.