Q. “Digambaras and Svetambaras” are related to which of the following?

[A] Jainism

[B] Buddhism

[C] Ajivikas

[D] Hinduism

Answer: A

Explanation: Magadha was affected by severe famine and some of the Jaina monks under Bhadrabahu went south to maintain their strict discipline.

  • They remained without garments and were known as Digambaras (space-clad or naked).
  • Others stayed back under the leadership of Sthulabhadra and adopted a white garment and were known as Svetambaras (white-clad).
  • The schism weakened Jainism in Magadha, but it found ardent followers in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Karnataka.

Source: Tamil Nadu NCERT