The twenty four Tirthankars-Jineshwars in their respective periods preach
the great dharma and show a clear and straight path for tha achievement of
dharma. The essential form of Jain dharma has been the same from the time
of Bhagwan Rishabhdev upto the time of Bhagwan Mahavir. The ultimate
achievement of dharma has been Mukti or Moksha or absolute deliverance.
The practice of the austerities like non-violence and truthfulness has
become the real means for the attainment of Mukti or salvation. In the
practice of these austerities, there may take place degrees of variations
and at times such variations have taken place. But the essential form of
the Jain dharma has not changed in the period of any Tirthankara and such
a change will never take place. Shraman Bhagwan Mahavir restated the same
eternal truth as was preached by Tirthankar Bhagw�n Rishabhadev. The same
message is today known as Jain dharma. Bhagw�n Sri Rishabhdev-Adinath, the
first Tirthankar was born and attained the salvation at the end of the
third Susham Dusham Kal, time of much happiness and some sorrow.
The rest of twenty three Tirthankars were born and attained the salvation
in fouth Dusham Susham Kal, time of much sorrow and some happiness
and in their respective periods they revitalised the same path as had been
shown by Bhagw�n Sri Rishabhdev.