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Jainism

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This is a topical collection of resources related to Jainism. It includes sculptures, manuscripts, and paintings from the Smithsonian Institution's collection as well as links to outside web resources for further background information. Some questions to guide thinking are embedded throughout.

As they explore the collection, users might consider how Jain art and architecture reflect the main beliefs of the religion.

tags: ancient, India, religion, Jain, tirthankara, Mahavira, faith, Digambara, Svetambara

Siddhapratima Yantra (Shrine of a Perfected Being)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Seated Jina, probably Mahavira

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A Jain Sermon

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The lustration of Mahavira

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Jina, or Mahavira, as Guru

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Nirvana of Mahavira

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Tirthankara Neminatha

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Mahavira As A Perfected Being

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Jain Temple Gateway n.d

National Anthropological Archives

Jain temple in Calcutta, undated

National Anthropological Archives