Jainism in Bundelkhand
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It is one of the few regions in India where Jainism has a strong presence and influence. There are many ancient tirthas in Bundelkhand. Many of the modern scholars of Jainism are from this region.
Bundelkhand is home to several Jain communities:
The Khandelwals are originally from Rajasthan, but they have been present in Bundelkhand since ancient times.
Navalsah Chanderia in 1768 in his Vardhamana Purana mentioned 11 communities that were partly Jain. These include
A few among them are still jain and follow the Taranpanthi sect.
The Bhadavar region (Bhind, Muraina, Etawah) is adjacent to Bundelkhand and is home to
- Digambar Jain Tirth In Bundelkhand
- Kasturchand Jain Suman, Bharatiya Digambar Jain Abhilekh aur Tirth Parichay, Madhya-Pradesh: 13 vi shati tak, Delhi, 2001.
- Siddhantacharya Pt. Phulachandra Shastri, Parwar jain samaj ka Itihas, Jabalpur, 1990.