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Description of Bull

Bull is the symbol of Rishabhanatha, the first Tirthankara (Supreme Preacher) of Jainism, who founded the Ikshvaku dynasty and is said to have lived a very long time ago. According to Jain cosmology, he was the first of twenty-four teachers and was referred to as a “ford maker” due to the way his teachings enable someone to get across the sea of endless births and deaths. Typically, Rishabhanatha is shown in the lotus pose or kayotsarga, a standing meditation position. His long hair that reaches his shoulders and the depiction of a bull in his sculptures are what make Rishabhanatha unique. Along with the Nyagrodha tree, Gomukha (bull-faced) Yaksha, and Chakreshvari Yakshi, he is also known for his Bull symbol.

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Jain symbols With its roots in India at least 2,500 years ago, Jainism is among the world's oldest religions. The teachings of Jainism are eternal, and as a result, according to its traditions, it has no creator. However, the Jainism of this era may be traced back to Mahavira, a teacher from the sixth century BCE and a contemporary of the Buddha. The attainment of Moksha, or the all-knowing state, is the spiritual goal of Jainism. It involves being freed from the never-ending cycle of reincarnation. This can be accomplished through Ahimsa (nonviolence).  Like Buddhists, Jainists honor saints who have attained total liberation from the bonds of worldly life. The 24 Tirthankaras, who symbolize the apex of the Jains' religious development and emerged as instructors at various points in history, are the most significant of them. The Tirthankaras, along with 12 Chakravartins (world conquerors), nine Vasudevas (counterparts of Vasudeva), and nine Baladevas (counterparts of Balarama, the elder half-brother of Krishna) constitute the 54 Mahapurusas (great souls), to which nine Prativasudevas (enemies of the Vasudevas) were later added. Other, less significant characters with Hindu influences include the nine Naradas (counterparts of the goddess Narada, the intermediary between gods and humans), the eleven Rudras (counterparts of the Vedic god Rudra), and the twenty-four Kamadevas (gods of love). The Bhavanavasis (house gods), Vyantaras (intermediaries), Jyotiskas (luminaries), and Vaimanikas (astral gods) are the other four categories of gods. Here is a list of some significant Jain Symbols with their details.

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