Jain - The twenty-third Tirthankara. Founder of the Nirgrantha sect. An incarnation of Indra or Vishnu. Son of King Asvasena. He upset his old grandfather, Mahipala, by interrupting his meditation but warned him not to split a log with an axe since it would kill two serpents inside. His grandfather ignored the warning and Parshva had to restore the snakes, one as Ananta the other as Lakshmi, by singing hymns. Following his grandfather's example, he became an ascetic and finally starved himself to death. At times, referred to as Parshva, Parshvanatha, Parshvanatha, Parsva, Parsva, Parsvanatha, Parsvanatha, Pars(h)vanatha or Pars(h)vanatha.

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