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which were wearing clothes. that divided the Order into two vertical divisions. which form part of the 41 Sutras. especially after the great famine that ravaged parts of north eastern India. are not averse to admitting women into the Order and show Mahavira wearing white robes. However. this time in the Svetambara sect. with downcast Jayaram V We understand that Vardhamana decided to go naked a year after he became a monk and spent the rest of his life without wearing any clothes. They also believe that Mahavira led a completely celibate life and never married. which denounced the worship of the images of the Thirthankaras and the construction of temples to house them. they practices. without any ornamentation. When Mahavira was spreading his message. The Digamabaras depict Mahavira in complete nudity. called sthanakas instead . refusing to wear clothes and other group called themselves as Svetambaras. wear white robes. who accepted wearing white clothes as a part of their monastic discipline. on account of the intrusion of some form of ritualism and temple worship. We are not sure whether they also joined the Order established by Mahavira. resulting in the great schism. which was in line with the argument that a perfect monk was supposed to be devoid of any possessions including clothes and the desire to protect his body in whatever form. They became known as Sthanakavasis. The original Order of ascetic monks he established probably followed him and accepted nudity as a part of a monk's life. In course of time the indications that some of them must have seemed to have retained some of the old already prevalent. They also held that women should never join the Order as they were not qualified for the austere life the Order demanded form each of the adherents. signifying the fact that they assemble in ordinary unadorned buildings. including the practice of differences between the two groups should have widened. The Svetambaras on the other hand accept the 11 angas. One group called themselves as Digambaras. They refuse to recognize the eleven angas of the Jain canon. A Jain monk named Viraji. though there are some joined. a group of monks who were already familiar with the teachings of Parsvanatha and the previous Thirthankaras might have also been existing at the same time. started this new movement. another schism took place. The Digambaras accepted nudity as a part of the teachings of Mahavira. ` In the 18th century.

political and economic activities of austerity. especially in the erstwhile Mysore state. amiability and simplicity. vegetarianism. Their way of life is characterized by fasting. They also play vital role in the religious. Today the divisions continue. No part of this website can be copied or reproduced in any manner. However links to the website can be established. the place where the group led by Bhadrabahu went some two thousand and three hundred years ago. without distancing themselves from the Hindus who form the majority and who in turn do not find any distinction between them and the Jains. September 21. 2011 ©2000-2010 Hinduwebsite. The followers of Jainism today come mostly from the trading communities of India and are known for their high degree of commitment to the teachings of Mahavira. Your use of the website is subject to the terms of use attached hereto. About UsPrivacy PolicyContact UsTerms of useHelp Us . The Svetambaras and the Sthanakavasis are found mostly in Gujarat and Rajasthan. All Rights are reserved. Suggested Further Reading The history of Jainism The History. Religious Significance and Temples of Mathura and Vrindavan The History and Antiquity of Varanasi Wednesday . The Digambara Jains are found mostly in the south. Antiquity and Chronology of Hinduism The Ajivika Sect of Ancient India The Role of Asceticism in the Development of Hinduism Patanjali Yogasutras The History. philanthropy.of in elaborately constructed and well decorated temples and places of worship. non violence.