Svetambara

noun Sve·tam·ba·ra \ s(h)wāˈtämbərə \

Definition of Svetambara

plural -s
:a major Jain sect whose members clothe themselves and their sacred images in white and in contrast to the Digambaras assert that women can attain salvation

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Origin and Etymology of svetambara

Sanskrit śvetāmbara, literally, having white clothes, from śveta white + ambara garment


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