Sudharmaswami (607 BC – 507 BC) was the fifth Ganadhar of Lord Mahavir. All the current Jain acharya's and monks follow his rule. Ganadhar means a group leader. Lord Mahavir had many pupils. They were divided into 11 groups and each of them was placed under one Ganadhar. As such, there were 11 Ganadhars in all. The first and foremost was Gautam Swami, whose idol you might have seen in the temple. Actually, Gautam is his last name, because he belonged to the Gautam clan.

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  • Sudharmaswami (607 BC – 507 BC) was the fifth Ganadhar of Lord Mahavir. All the current Jain acharya's and monks follow his rule. Ganadhar means a group leader. Lord Mahavir had many pupils. They were divided into 11 groups and each of them was placed under one Ganadhar. As such, there were 11 Ganadhars in all. The first and foremost was Gautam Swami, whose idol you might have seen in the temple. Actually, Gautam is his last name, because he belonged to the Gautam clan. His first name was Indrabhuti, but he is popularly known as Gautam swami. Even Lord Mahavira used to call him Goyam, which is the Ardha-magadhi version of Gautam.
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  • Sudharmaswami (607 BC – 507 BC) was the fifth Ganadhar of Lord Mahavir. All the current Jain acharya's and monks follow his rule. Ganadhar means a group leader. Lord Mahavir had many pupils. They were divided into 11 groups and each of them was placed under one Ganadhar. As such, there were 11 Ganadhars in all. The first and foremost was Gautam Swami, whose idol you might have seen in the temple. Actually, Gautam is his last name, because he belonged to the Gautam clan.
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