Ganadhara

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In Jainism, a Ganadhara "troupe leader" is a primary disciple of a Tirthankara. The monastic sangha of Jainism is divided into a number of orders or troupes called ganas, each headed by a ganadhara.[1][2] In Nepal, Ganadhara is Kuldevata of Karakheti Bandhu. Karakheti live in Gorkha's Deurali, Dhunwakot, Dhading's Gajuri and Chitwan.

All twenty-four Tirthankaras had ganadharas, but the number varied. The main ganadhara of the final Tirthankara, Mahavira, was Indrabhuti Gautama

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Early Centuries of Jainism
  2. ^ Jain Agama Literature