Jainism in Bangladesh

Archaeological show Jainism was a significant religion in Bengal during the early historic period. Xuanzang, the 7th century Chinese pilgrim found numerous Digambara Jains in Pundravardhana (northern Bengal) and Samatata (southeastern Bengal).

The remains in Bangladesh Museums include:

1.Standing Mahavira, black basalt, 73.6 cm height, Bangladesh National Museum, c 10th-11th century AD;
2.Standing Parsvanatha, black basalt, 60.9 cm height, Dinajpur Museum, c 10th-11th century AD;
3.Standing Tirthankara, black basalt, 93.9 cm height, Dinajpur Museum, c 9th-10th century AD;
4.Standing Shantinatha, black basalt, 65 cm height, Varendra Research Museum;
5.Standing Rsvanatha, black basalt, c 10th-11th century AD, collected from Medinipur;
6.Standing Parsvanatha, black basalt, c 11th century AD, collected from Bankura;
7.Standing Parsvanatha, black basalt, c 11th century AD, collected from 24 Parganas;
8.Seated Rsvanatha, black basalt, 99 cm height, Varendra Research Museum.

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