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Shvetambar Terapanth

Published: 14.07.2011
Updated: 17.12.2012
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Shvetambar Terapanth

Shvetambar Terapanth is a reformist religious movement founded by Acharya Bhikshu, who is also known as Swami Bhikanji Maharaj. Acharya Bhikshu was formerly a Sthanakvasi saint and had initiation by Acharya Raghunatha, but he had differences with his Guru on several aspects of religious practices of Sthanakvasi ascetics. Hence, he left the Sthanakvasi sect with the idea of correcting practise of Jain monks and founded a new order on June 29th, 1760 CE. Shvetambar Terapanth belongs to the amurtipujaka lineage of Jainism, which means that the order does not have temples or idols. The order comprises over 1000 saints and nuns in a very organised structure under the current Acharya Mahashramana.

The Shvetambar Terapanth order is not to be confused with the independent lineage of Digambar Terapanth.


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  1. A Short History of the Terapanthi Sect
  2. A Short History of the Terapanthi Sect of the Swetamber Jains and Its Tenets
  3. Acharya
  4. Acharya Bhikshu
  5. Acharya Mahashramana
  6. Amurtipujaka
  7. Bhikshu
  8. Digambar
  9. Digambar Terapanth
  10. Guru
  11. Jainism
  12. Shvetambar
  13. Sthanakvasi
  14. Swami
  15. Terapanth
  16. Terapanthi
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