tirthankara

Jain - A prophet revered as a deity. It is said that with each fresh cycle of the universe forty-eight tirthankaras are produced who are regarded as superior to any gods and who are detached from all terrestrial matters and unaffected by change. Other accounts refer to twenty-four such beings, all ascetics, who existed and preached the lore of Jainism even before Mahavira. Occasionally identified as tirthankara, jina, jina, tirthakara, tirthakara, tirthamkara, tirthamkara, tirthankar, tirthankar, tirthanker, tirthanker, tirtha(m)kara or tirtha(m)kara.

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