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Svetambara Syllabification: Sve·tam·ba·ra
Pronunciation: /SHveˈtämbərə/

Definition of Svetambara in English:


A member of one of the two principal sects of Jainism, which was formed as a result of doctrinal schism circa ad 80 and survives today in parts of India. Ascetic adherents of the sect traditionally wear white clothing. See also Digambara.
Example sentences
  • In May, Svetambara and Digambara Jain munis performed pratistha ceremonies installing a murti Mahavira.
  • The Svetambaras mainly remained in Gujarat, Kathiavar and parts of Rajasthan and the Digambaras were dominant in the Southern states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
  • Literally, the monks of the Digambaras are naked while those of the Svetambaras wear white clothes.


From Sanskrit śvetāmbara, literally 'white-clad'.

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