Jainism in Bihar

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The famous Jain temple located at Pawapuri, Bihar

Jainism in Bihar trace a long history since the times of twenty-fourth Tirthankara Mahavira, who was born in Vaishali (near Patna).

An ancient black statue of Lord Mahavira weighing around 250 kg was recently stolen from Jamui, Bihar. The statue was later recovered by the Police.[1]


Vasupujya, the 12th Jain Tirthankara was born in Champapur, Bhagalpur. He attained all his Pancha Kalyanaka (Garbha, Janma, Tapa, Kevala Jnana and Moksha) from Champapur. Vardhamana Mahavira, the 24th and the last Tirthankara of Jainism, was born in Vaishali around sixth century B.C.[2]


31 feet statue of Lord Vasupujya, Champapur, Bhagalpur[3]

Jain pilgrimages in Bihar are as follows:


  1. Stolen idol of Lord Mahavir recovered, The Times of India, 6 December 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Pathak Prabhu Nath,Society and Culture in Early Bihar, Commonwealth Publishers, 1988, pp. 140
  3. Deity gift from Nagaland, The Telegraph, 7 January 2014<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>