Ancient Jain Caves

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 The Jain religious tradition traces its origins into ancient times to the first jina or conqueror, Adinatha (original lord).  Adinatha is understood to be the first of 24 tirthankaras, men who conquered desire and anger to reach a state of perfection or liberation.  Although the 24 jinas are portrayed in identical forms, emphasizing their state as liberated souls free of any material body or personality, two jinas possess char-acteristics that allow them to be recognized, Adinatha and Parsvanatha.  Often, Adinatha is depicted with hair falling over his shoulders and a bull at his feet, while Parsvanatha, the 23rd, is always shown with a cobra canopy.All the below pictures are from Ajanta Caves