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The Tirthankars

Jainism believes that universe and all its substances or entities are eternal. it has no beginning or end with respect to toime. There is no need of some once to create or manage the affairs of the universe. Universe in run by own its own accord by its own cosmic laws. hence jainism does not believe in god as a creator, survivour and destroyer of the universe, however jainism does believe in god. When a living being destroys all his karmas, he possesses perfect knowledge, vision, power, and bliss. he becomes omniscient and omnipotent immediately after attaining keval-jnana, if a person establishes the four-fold religious order of monks, nunns, sravaks (male laypeople). sravikas (femal laypeople) is known as tirthankar. A tirthanksr is not an incarnation of the god, he is ordinary soul born as a human and attains the states of tirthankar as a result of intense practices of penance, equanimity and meditation. Twenty four tirthankar were born during the descending time cycle. No two tirthankar have lived at the same tine. Every tirthankar is distinguished by way an animal (lanchan) or an object which his mother has dreamt when he was in her womb. He is associated with a tree where he attained the keval-jnana. I have tried to depict the symbols in my paintings to distinguish each tirthankar differently.