Rushabhdev Prabhu is the 1st thithanakar in
a contemporary faith of Buddhism. Mahavira preached the Jain philosophy around
same time of Buddhism. Jainism rose against the undesirable practices prevalent
in Hinduism at that time. It preaches for the renunciation of worldly desires
and self-conquest to perfect wisdom. It focuses on the purification of the souls
by right conduct, right faith and right knowledge. The faith also advocates non-violence.
Today Jainism has a following of more than 3 million in India.