5 Interesting Facts about Jainism: Symbolism, Non-Violence, Fire, Diet, God

Jainism is a religion with a rich history and unique set of beliefs and practices. From its emphasis on non-violence and compassion to its symbolism and diet, Jainism offers a distinct perspective on the world and the meaning of life.

Marble statues in a Jain temple in Jaisalmer, India
Marble statues in a Jain temple in Jaisalmer, India. These statues were created more than 500 years ago.
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This article will explore 5 interesting facts about Jainism:

1. In Jainism, the swastika is a significant symbol. Its four arms represent the four realms of existence in which rebirth takes place according to Jain beliefs: humans, heavenly beings, hellish beings, and non-humans (plants and animals).
2. Jainism is a religion that places a strong emphasis on non-violence. Some Jains cover their mouths and sweep the ground in front of them to avoid harming smaller creatures. Jains who strictly adhere to non-violence would not harm even an insect like a fly.
3. In Jainism, starting or extinguishing fire, known as Agni, is considered a form of violence towards fire beings and is thus avoided by Jainist monks.
4. In Jainism, a religion in India, consumption of root vegetables like potatoes and garlic is avoided as it involves killing the plant as it cannot regrow once the root has been harvested.
5. Mahavir, also known as the Lord, was the 24th and final Tirthankara in the Jain religion. Jain philosophy holds that all Tirthankaras were born as humans and achieved a state of perfection or enlightenment through self-realization and meditation. Tirthankaras are considered gods in Jainism.

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