tirthankara

noun, often capitalized
tir·​than·​ka·​ra | \tirˈtəŋkərə\
plural -s

Definition of tirthankara 

: one of the 24 founding jinas of Jain tradition venerated as breakers of the path across the stream of time to Nirvana who have shown the way to spiritual liberation in Jainism : a pioneer of faith

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History and Etymology for tirthankara

Sanskrit tīrthankara, literally, ford-making, from tīrtha passage, ford + karoti he does, makes

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