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With reference to the religious practices in India, the “Sthanakvasi” sect belongs to?

With reference to the religious practices in India, the “Sthanakvasi” sect belongs to(2018)

a) Buddhism

b) Jainism

c) Vaishnavism

d) Shaivism

Answer: B
Sthānakavāsī is a sect of Śvētāmbara Jainism founded by a merchant named Lavaji in 1653 AD. It believes that idol worship is not essential in the path of soul purification and attainment of Nirvana/Moksha.

The sect is essentially a reformation of the one founded on teachings of Lonka, a fifteenth-century Jain reformer. Sthānakavāsins accept thirty-two of the Jain Agamas, the Śvētāmbara canon. Śvētāmbarins who are not Sthānakavāsins are mostly part the Murtipujaka sect


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