The difference between the Svetambaras and the Digambaras

03 Jun

Shwetambar & Digambar Traditional

The total number of points by which the differ from the  are eighteen. These are listed below:

The Digambaras do not accept the following Shvetambara beliefs:

  1. A kevali needs food;

  2. A kevali needs to evacuate (nihara);

  3. The women can get salvation. (In order to get salvation a woman has according to the Digambaras to be born again as a man).

  4. The Shudras can get salvation;

  5. A person can get salvation without forsaking clothes;

  6. A house holder can get salvation;

  7. The worship of images having clothes and ornaments is permitted;

  8. The monks are allowed to possess fourteen (specified ) things;

  9. The Tirthankara Mali was a woman;

  10. The eleven of the 12 original Angas (Canonical works) still exist;

  11. Bharat Chakravarti attained kevali hood while living in his palace;

  12. A monk may accept food from a Shudra;

  13. The Mahavira’s embryo was transferred from one womb to another; and Mahavira’s mother had fourteen auspicious dreams before he was born. The Digambaras believe that she had actually 16 such dreams;

  14. Mahavira had a sickness due to the tejolesya of Goshala.

  15. Mahavira had married and had a daughter.

  16. A cloth offered by the Gods (devadusya) fell on the shoulders of a Tirthankara.

  17. Marudevi went for her salvation riding an elephant;

  18. A monk may accept alms from many houses.


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  1. Ritu jain

    December 26, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Its gud.. & Gv me xtra knwldg..

  2. vivek raidani

    December 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Please & Please
    Don’t try to differentiate the JAIN with JAIN.
    Let them follow their own style of following the Lord Mahavira at least they are following.
    Only show similarity, united of Jainism.
    Let all the “pants” Join together to spread the words if MAHAVIRA.

  3. sanjeevsarawal

    September 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Dear sir i want to know about how to beome jain, is somebody from scheduled caste is allowed to become jain if not then why? Is somebody from foreign country is allowed to become jain?Waiting for ur response.

  4. Sugumaran Babu Jain

    October 14, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Jai jinendra!
    I fell knowing the differences will make each others good understanding. There is no need to debate which is correct. It is like in a family every member may not be same and same thinking’s. Depends on the geography, situation, communication these differences may be arrived. That doesn’t matter to a true Jain. when ever i get introduced to new person and come to know jain i never bother about which sect they belongs too. I am happy to get introduced to a jain thats all.

  5. rahul jain

    December 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Anybody can become jain. It is not necessary that one should born in Jain family.If a persone is having following believs we can call him Jain
    1)God is neighter creator not destroyer of this world.
    2)Theory of karma
    3)Soul and body are two diffrent things and ultimate aim of soul is to attain libration from cycle of birth and death by shedding his own karmas.

    Remember : Jainism is not only a religion, its way of life.