Mahavira / महावीर
- Mahavira is the exponent of one of the popular religions in India - Jainism.
- Born in 599 BC in a village called Kunda in Bihar.
- Mahavira is the name most commonly used to refer to the Indian sage Vardhamana (Sanskrit: वर्धमान "increasing") who established what are today considered to be the central tenets of Jainism.
- According to Jain tradition, he was the 24th and the last Tirthankara. He is also known in texts as Vira or Viraprabhu, Sanmati, Ativira,and Gnatputra.
- In the Buddhist Pali Canon, he is referred to as Nigantha Nātaputta.