Mahavira

Jain - Last of the 24 Tirthankaras. Founder of Jainism. Son of Rishabhadatta and Devananda. Husband of Yasoda. Father of Riyadarshana. On the orders of Sakra, he was transferred before birth from the womb of Devananda to that of Trishala. He was originally called Vardhamana but became known as Mahavira, 'great hero', when he overpowered and killed a mad elephant or a serpent while still a child. After the death of his parents, he became, at the age of thirty or thirty-two, an itinerant naked ascetic preaching the prohibition of killing. He died by fasting to death after preaching for about thirty years. In some accounts, his death is dated at 526 BC. At times, called Mahavira, Naked Ascetic, Naked Ascetic, Nattaputta, Nigantha, Nattaputta, Nigantha, Nigantha Nattaputta, Nigantha Nattaputta, Siddata, Siddata, Siddhartha, Siddhartha, Buddha, Siddarta, Siddarta, Siddhartha, Siddhartha, Siddartha, Siddarth, Siddarth, Siddhartha, Siddhartha, Siddhattha, Siddhattha, Buddha, Siddhatta, Vardhamana, Vardhamana, Varddhamana, Nigantha Nataputta, Nigantha Nataputta, Siddhart(h)a, Siddhart(h)a, Siddhatt(h)a, Siddhatt(h)a, The Naked Ascetic, The Naked Ascetic, (c, (c, Charlemagne, Patrick, Plautus, Thomas the Rhymer, 540-468 or 540-468.

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