Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world. The name comes from jiva (soul or life force but, capitalized, is also given as Spiritual Conqueror) as it maintains that all living things possess an immortal soul which has always and will always exist and this soul may be liberated from suffering by adhering to Jain tenets.

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  • c. 599 BCE - c. 527 BCE
    Traditional dating of the life of Vardhamana, according to Jain tradition.
  • c. 634 CE
    The Jain Meguti temple is first built at Aihole.
  • 950 CE - 970 CE
    The Jain Parsvanatha Temple is built at Khajuraho.