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RISHABHA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Son of Nabhi and Meru, and father of a hundred sons, the eldest of whom was Bharata. He gave his kingdom to his son and retired to a hermitage, where he led a life of such severe austerity and abstinence, that he became a mere "collection of skin and fibres, and went the way of all flesh." The Bhagavata Purana speaks of his wanderings in the western part of the Peninsula , and connects him with the establishment of the Jain religion in those parts. The name of the first Jain Tirthakara or saint was Rishabha.

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