Ganadhara

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Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, McBrewster John
VDM Publishing, Oct 2, 2010 - Religion - 104 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. In Jainism, a Ganadhara is a primary disciple of a Tirthankara. All twenty-four Tirthankaras had ganadharas, but the number varied. Ganadhara are at the most honourable position amongst 'Sadhu Pad'. Because they are second provider of 'Diwyadhawani' after 'Teerthankara'. The main Ganadhara of Mahaveer Swami was Gautam Swami. The monastic sangha of a Tirthankara is divided into a number of Ganas (orders), each headed by a Ganadhara. At that time in Pavapuri, a city of Bihar in India, there was a prosperous Brahmin named Somil. Once, he decided to organize a great sacrifice. He wanted all the well-known learned men to come on that occasion. Indrabhuti Gautam, who was the most learned Brahmin of that time, was going to be the presiding priest. His equally learned brothers, Agnibhuti and Vayubhuti, were going to sit by his side. Vyakta and other well known Pundits were also scheduled to remain present on that occasion. The eleven Pundits who had come from Somil's sacrifice became his first pupils and later came to be known as Ganadhars.

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