IJSRP, Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2013 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
The most distinguishing feature of Jainism is to maintain a note of overall universal identity in matters of religious and social order. From the social history of India it is evident that Lord •abha, the first trthakara, has been responsible for the rise and development of Jainism in the history of Indian culture. •abha founded the social order and family system, and taught to mankind the art of the cultivation of land as also different arts like writing, etc. After him there were twenty two trthakaras in Jain tradition. All of them contributed to develop more or less the same values in their times.