Bispanthi

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Bispanthi/Visa panth is one of the Digambara Jain sects,[1][2] the other one being Terapanthi.

Some 20th century Bispanth acharyas are Prathamacharya Charitrya Chakarvarthi Shantisagar, Acharya Subalasagar, Acharya Sanmathisagar, Acharya Vidyananda, Acharya Vardhamansagar, Acharya Vishudsagar, and some nuns like Aryika pramuk Gyanamati Mata Ji.

Traditionally, Jains have had two prime sects of Digambara and Svetambara. They were further subdivided into others on their thought schools. Where Digambar Terapanth professes 13 ways, the Bispanthis professed 20 ways to attain liberation. (Bis+panthi = Twenty+Follower of a way.)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, Kumar Suresh; Tapash Kumar Ghosh; Surendra Nath (1996). People of India: Delhi. Anthropological Survey of India. pp. 258–259. ISBN 978-81-7304-096-2. 
  2. ^ Carrithers, Michael; Caroline Humphrey (1991). The Assembly of listeners: Jains in society. Cambridge University Press. p. 205. ISBN 978-0-521-36505-5. 
  3. ^ Robert Montgomery Martin (1838). Behar (Patna city) and Shahabad: Volume 1 of The History, Antiquities, Topography, and Statistics of Eastern India. W. H. Allen and Company. p. 216.