In Jainism, Jains regard plants and animals both having souls and commonly not only do not eat meat, but also refrain from eating plants in which consuming it would kill the plant such as underground vegetables (onions, potatoes, etc)


Rama, or Ramachandra, in Hinduism is the 7th avatar of Vishnu (maintainer/protector god). Rama is the center of the famous ancient Indian epic poem, Ramayana, in which the divine prince Rama struggles to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. Versions of the poem are also present in Jainist and Buddhist legends. 

Mahavira and Jainism

Mahavira, also known as Vardhamāna, founded Jainism. He was the twenty-fourth Tirthankara(spiritual teacher) according to Jain texts. Mahavira was born in the early part of the 6th-century BC into a royal family. At the age of 30, he left his home in pursuit of spiritual awakening and abandoned all worldly possessions. For the next twelve-and-a-half years, Mahavira practiced intense meditation and severe austerities, after which he is believed to have attained Kevala Jnana (Nirvana/enlightenment/Moksha). After he gained Kevala Jnana, Mahavira taught that the observance of the vows ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (chastity) and aparigraha (non-attachment) is necessary to spiritual liberation – the foundational vows of Jainism today.