|24t Jain Tirthankara|
The idol of Mahavira at Shri Mahavirji, Rajasthan
|Ither names||Vīr, Ativīr, Vardhamāna, Sanmati, Nigaṇṭha Nātaputta|
|Hicht||7 cubits (10.5 feet)|
Mahavira (Mahāvīra), an aa kent as Vardhamāna, wis the twenty-fowert an last Jain Tirthankara (teachin god). Mahavira wis born intae a ryal faimily in whit is nou Bihar, Indie, in 599 BC. At the age o 30, he left his hame in pursuit o spiritual awakenin, an abandont warldly things, includin his claes, an becam a monk. For the next twal-an-a-hauf years, Mahavira practiced intense meditation an severe penance, efter which he acame kevalī (omniscient).