Jain Tirthankars - In Jainism a tirthankars is a human being who helps in achieving liberation and enlightenment as an arihant. According to Jain scriptures that which helps one to cross the great ocean of worldly life is a tirtha ford and a person who fills that role is a tirthankar fordmaker. Tirthankars achieve liberation and enlightenment by destroying their constraining karmas and becoming role models and leaders for those seeking spiritual guidance. They also seek Kevala Jnana a state of permanent perpetual absolute knowledge of the Soul. it is the precursor to final liberation from the cycle of birth and death
The twentyfour known tirthankars in this time cycle revitalized the Jain religion by establishing the fourfold sangha order which consists of male and female monastics sadhus and sadhvis and male and female lay persons sravakas and sravikas
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