List of Jains
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Jain // is the title and name given to an adherent of Jainism. The term has its origin in the Sanskrit term jina ("conqueror" or "victor"). This article lists prominent individuals who have self-identified as a follower of Jainism.
- Acharya Chandana - The first female Jain Acharya
- Acharya Shri Mahapragya – Acharya of Terapanth sect
- Acharya Mahashraman – 11th Acharya of Terapanth sect
- Acharya Shantisagar – 20th century Digambara Acharya
- Gyanmati - Prominenet Digambara Jain Aryika
- Acharya Vidyasagar – prominent Digambara Jain monk
- Bhadrabahu – last shrutkevali (knower of all Jain Agamas) and spiritual teacher of Emperor Chandragupta
- Kumudendu Muni – author of Siribhoovalaya
- Kundakunda – Jain scholar monk, 2nd century CE, composer of spirituals such as Samayasara, Niyamasara, Pancastikayasara, Pravacanasara, Atthapahuda and Barasanuvekkha
- Shrimad Rajchandra – 19th century philosopher/mystic and Mahatma Gandhi's influential counsellor and spiritual teacher
- Siddhasena Divakara – author of Sanmatitarka Prakarana
- Virasena – 9th-century mathematician
- Sushil Kumar – 20th-century Acharya and yogi; spread Jainism outside India
- Rakesh Jhaveri – founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission
- Jinendra Varni -- Author of Jainendra Siddhanta Kosha and Saman Suttam compilation
- Prabhācandra --11th century CE Digambara monk
Business leaders / top executivesEdit
- Ajit Gulabchand – leader of HCC Limited
- Anand Jain – owner of Jai Corporations, Mumbai
- Vinay Jain – Mitthan Lal Marketing Ltd.
- Vinay Maloo – Chairman of Enso Group
- Ambalal Sarabhai – Sarabhai group of Companies
- Premchand Roychand – founding member of The Bombay Stock Exchange
- Bhavarlal Jain – industrialist in Indian agriculture owner of Jain irrigation
- Gautam Adani – Chairman, Adani Group
- Gulabchand Hirachand
- Indu Jain - owner, The Times Group
- Kasturbhai Lalbhai – one of the founders of Arvind Mills (1931)
- Lalchand Hirachand
- Mofatraj Munot – Kalpataru Ltd.
- Narendra Patni – founder of Patni Computer Systems
- Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain – ex-editor, Times of India Group Publications
- Mangal Prabhat Lodha – owner of Lodha Group,Mumbai
- Walchand Hirachand – founder, Walchand Hirachand group
- Motilal Oswal – Chairman and Managing Director of Motilal Oswal Group
- Pradeep Jain – owner of karbonn Mobiles
- Raja Harsukh Rai -- a builder of several Jain temples in and around Delhi
- Shantidas Jhaveri -- Business Man during Mughal Era
- Thakkar Pheru -- Treasurer of Alauddin Khalji
- Sahu Todar -- Supervisor of the royal mint at Agra during the rule of Akbar
- Ambika Bumb – CEO and founder of Bikanta, USA
- Ajit Jain – President of Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group, USA
- Anshu Jain – former co-CEO of Deutsche Bank
- Naveen Jain – founder of InfoSpace and Intelius
- Raj Jain – co-founder of Nayna Networks Inc., USA
- Sanjay Jain -- British Economist
Indian independence struggleEdit
- Mridula Sarabhai – Indian independence activist
- Ambalal Sarabhai – Indian independence activist
- Jagdish Chandra Jain – Indian independence activist
- Lakshmi Chand Jain – independence activist
- Mool Chand Jain – often referred to as "Gandhi of Haryana"
- Sohan Lal Jain – Gandhian
- Daulat Mal Bhandari – Gandhian, first Member of Parliament from Jaipur, later Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court
- Ajit Prasad Jain - (1902-1977) Union Minister UP congress president, Governor of Kerala and 4 time member of parliament
- Abbakka Chowta – Queen of Ullal
- Amoghavarsha – Rashtrakuta Emperor (Karnataka), India
- Bhamashah – adviser of Maharana Pratap hero of Mewar (Rajasthan).
- Bhoja II - Shilahara King
- Bimbisara – Magadh Emperor
- Chandragupta Maurya – founder of the Mauryan empire
- Chavundaraya - General of Ganga King Marsinha who built the Gomateshwara, Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India
- Durvinita – western Ganga king (Western Ganga Dynasty), Karnataka, India
- Veera ballala – Hoysala king from Malenadu Karnataka, India
- Kharavela – Kalinga Emperor (Kalinga is today known as Orissa)
- Kumarapala – Solanki King
- Mahendravarman I
- Samprati – Mauryan Emperor
- Mohan Lal Sukhadia – ex-Chief Minister of Rajasthan and ex-Governor of various states
- Sunder Lal Patwa – ex-Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
- Virendra Kumar Sakhlecha – ex-Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
- Jayant Kumar Malaiya – current Finance Minister of Madhya Pradesh
- Gulab Chand Kataria – current Home Minister of Rajasthan
- Dilipkumar Gandhi – Ahmednagar, MP of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
- A. Rajendran – ex-MLA, Tamil Nadu
- Dhulappa Bhaurao Navale – member of Legislative Council Maharashtra (1963-1972)
- Vijay Rupani – current Gujarat state Chief Minister
- L. M. Singhvi – former Indian Ambassador to UK, Member of Parliament
- M. P. Veerendra Kumar
- Milap Chand Jain
- Pradeep Jain Aditya – Minister of State in Rural development
- Pusp Jain
- Rajendra Darda – cabinet minister, Maharashtra
- Raju Shetti Member Of Parliament, Hatkanangle Lok Sabha constituency.
- Sunder Singh Bhandari – Governor of Gujarat
- Suresh Jain – Indian politician
- V. Dhananjaya Kumar – former Union Minister Government of India
- Vijay J. Darda – member of Parliament
- Anil Jain – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary
- Satyendra Kumar Jain – Delhi Health Minister
- Kavita Jain – Haryana Women and Child Minister
- Paras Chandra Jain – cabinet minister in government of Madhya Pradesh
- Mewaram Jain – MLA, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
- Ishwarlal Shankarlal Jain – member of the Parliament of India
- Meghraj Jain – member of the Parliament of India
- Virdhi Chand Jain – member of the Parliament of India
- Satya Pal Jain – member of the Parliament of India
- Nirmal Chandra Jain – Governor of Rajasthan
- Pusp Jain
- Kailash Bhansali
- Mishrilal Gangwal – former chief minister of Madhya Bharat state
- Sudha Jain – Indian politician from Madhya Pradesh state
- Abhayachandra Jain – Member of legislative Assembly Government of Karnataka. Indian politician from Karnataka state
- Prateik Jain – Mr India World 2014, Top 10 in Mr World 2014
- Abigail Jain – actress
- Anand Gandhi – film director
- Anandji Virji Shah – music director
- Babla Virji Shah – music performer, singer
- Bharat Shah – diamond merchant and film producer
- Gundecha Brothers – exponent of dhrupad style of Indian classical music
- Harshad Chopra – actor
- Kalyanji Virji Shah – music director
- Kiran Shah
- Nirav Shah – cinematographer
- Pamela Jain
- Ravindra Jain – music director
- V. Shantaram – filmmaker, film producer and actor
- Viju Shah
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and music director
- Sooraj Barjatya – Indian film director, producer and screenwriter
- Varun Jain – actor
- Umang Jain – actress
- Palak Jain – child artist
- Vinay Jain – actor
- Darsheel Safary – child artist
- Mrunal Jain – actor
- Bhavya Gandhi – child artist
- Chandulal Jain – producer
- Bharat Jain – producer
- Paras Jain – politician
- Nishtha Jain – Indian film director
- Ashok Jain – host
- Nivedita jain – Kannada film actress
- Saurabh Raj Jain – actor
- Sooraj Barjatya – filmmaker
- Ilango Adigal
- Champat Rai Jain – influential Jain writer and apologist of the 20th century
- Banarasidas – poet, spiritualist and thinker; composed the Banarasivilasa, Nataka Samayasara and his magnum opus, Ardhakathanaka, the first ever autobiography in Hindi literature
- Nathuram Premi – publisher and scholar of Jainism, founder of Hindi Granth Karyalay and Manikchandra Jain Granthamala, historian, researcher, social reformer and editor of Jain Mitra and Jain Hitaishi'
- Bhagchandra Jain 'Bhaskar' – scholar of Jainism, Buddhism, religious studies and ancient languages.; recipient of the President's (Rastrapati) Award; has written over 40 books and published more than 300 research papers
- Bal Patil – author, journalist, Jain activist and ex-member of Minority Commission, Government of Maharashtra
- Padmanabh Jaini – author, Professor Emeritus Berkeley University
- Jainendra Kumar
- Kanhaiyalal Sethia
- Adikavi Pampa – earliest Kannada literature
- Janna – earliest Kannada literature
- Virchand Gandhi – represented Jainism in 1893's parliament of world religions, delivered 535 captivating speeches in USA and Europe, and as activist initiated education of Indian women's in USA under banner of SEWI
- Taarak Mehta
- Banarasidas --Poet during Mughal India.
Padma Shri awardeesEdit
Padma Bhushan awardeesEdit
- Karmveer Bhaurao Patil - educationalist, founder of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha
- Veerendra Heggade - Dharmadhikari (Administrator) of Dharmasthala Temple, Karnataka, India
Padma Vibhushan awardeesEdit
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