RISHABHANATHA

Rishabhanatha is the first Tīrthaṅkara of Jainism and the founder of Ikshvaku dynasty. He was the first of twenty-four teachers in the present half-cycle of time in Jain cosmology, and called a "ford maker" because his teachings helped one across the sea of interminable rebirths and deaths. Jain legends depict him as having lived millions of years ago. He was the spiritual successor of Sampratti Bhagwan, the last Tirthankar of previous time cycle. He is also known as Ādinātha which translates into "First (Adi) Lord (nātha)", as well as Adishvara (first ishvara), Yugadideva (deva of yuga), Prathamaraja (first king), and Nabheya (son of Nabhi). Along with Mahavira, Parshvanath, Neminathaa, and Shantinath; Rishabhanatha is one of the five Tirthankaras that attract the most devotional worship among the Jains.

Name: Rishabhanatha
Other Name: Adinatha, Aadeesh Jina, Adarsh Purush, Ikshvaku
Successor: Ajitanatha
Symbol: Bull