Jainism in Bundelkhand
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It is one of the few regions in India where Jainism has a strong presence and influence. There are many ancient tirthas in Bundelkhand. Many of the modern scholars of Jainism are from this region.
Many of the famous Jain tirthas, Vidisha, Deogarh, Lalitpur, Karguanji (Jhansi), Chanderi, Kundalpur, Khajuraho, Aharji, Paporaji, Drongir (chhatarpur), Sonagir, Nainagiri, Badagaon, Pateriaji etc. are in this region.
Bundelkhand is home to several Jain communities:
The Khandelwals are originally from Rajasthan, but they have been present in Bundelkhand since ancient times.
Navalsah Chanderia in 1768 in his Vardhamana Purana mentioned 11 communities that were partly Jain. These include
A few among them are still jain and follow the Taranpanthi sect.
Maladevi Temple, Vidisha