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Jainism General Knowledge Questions


Which among the following define the similarities between Buddhism and Jainism?
[A]Both opposed Brahmanical domination and caste system
[B]Both accepted the theories of rebirth
[C]Both preached truth and non-violence
[D]All of the above

All of the above The similarities between Buddhism and Jainism are a) Both opposed Brahmanical domination and caste system. b) Both have accepted the theories of Karma and rebirth and Moksha. c) Both preached truth, non-violence, celibacy and detachment from material comforts.. d) Both Uphold the essence of Vedas.


Tirthankara Parswanath’s idol is recognized by which symbol?

Serpent Tirthankara Parswanath was the 23rd Tirthankar who preached four teachings of Jainism: not to kill, not to lie, not to steal and not to own property. His idol is recognized by the symbol of serpent.


What was the fifth tenet added by Tirthankara Mahavira to the four basic tenets of Jainism?
[A] Non injury
[B]Non lying
[C]Observe continence
[D]Non stealing

Observe continence The five main teachings of Jainism are do not commit violence, do not speak a lie, do not steal, do not acquire property and observe continence (brahmacharya). The brahmacharya was added by Lord Mahavira.


The grandson of Ashoka, who accepted Jainism was __?

Samprati Emperor Samprati was the grandson of Emperor Ashoka, who reigned from 224–274 BCE. and accepted Jainism.


Which ruler is credited for the spread of Jainism in Karnataka?
[A]Chandragupta Maurya

Chandragupta Maurya The spread of Jainism in Karnataka is attributed to Chandragupta Maurya. The Emperor became a Jaina, gave up his throne and spent the last years of his life in Karnataka as a Jaina ascetic.


Under whose leadership, Jainism spread in South India?
[D]Chandragupta Maurya

Bhadrabahu The Jainism was spread in South India under the leadership of Bhadrabahu.


Under whose leadership Shvetambara sect formed?
[C]Chandragupta Maurya

Sthalabahu Jainism is divided into two major sects viz. the Digambara (sky clad) sect and the Shvetambara (white clad) sect. Under the leadership of Sthalabahu, Shvetambara sect formed. Under the leadership of Bhadrabahu, the Digambara sect was formed.


Where was the second Jain council held?

Vallabhi The second Jain Council was held at Vallabhi under the chairmainship of Devaradhi Kshamasramana in 512 AD and resulted in finl compilation of 12 Angas and 12 Upangas.


Where was the first Jain council held?

Pataliputra The first Jain council was held at Pataliputra by Sthulabahu in the beginning of the third century BC and resulted in the compilation of 12 Angas to (sections or limbs) to replace the lost Purvas (former texts).


At which place Mahavira attained Niravana?

Pavapuri At the age of 72 in 468 BC, Tirthankar Mahavira passed away at Pavapuri, Bihar.