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Terapanth (or Tera Panth) the name given to two independent Jain sects:

  • Digambar Terapanth: A sect of the Digambara tradition, that introduced several reforms in 1664 AD, but worship idols. It is not an organized sect, rather a philosophy regarding some of the rituals. The Kanji Swami sect regards itself to represent the Terapanth. It was influenced by Atyadhma movement which arose in 1626 AD.
  • Swetembar Terapanth: An organized sect of Swetambar Jainism founded in 1760 AD, which does not have temples or idols. Terapanth is a dharma sangh (religious group) comprising of over 1000 saints and nuns in a very organised structure under Acharya Mahapragya.

Taran Panth, also a Digambar jain sect, should not be confused with Terapanth.




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