M.A:JainologyThe University of Mysore
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The contribution of Wodeyars of Mysore for the cause of education in Karnataka is very significant and invaluable. The services rendered by His Highness Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar for comprehensive development of Karnataka is indeed phenomenal. He is the founding father and the first Chancellor of the University of Mysore, one of the oldest Universities in the country, established in 1916..
Jainism, an ancient religion, attempted to rebuild the society and improve the quality of spiritual life of the people based on the principle of non-violence. Syadvada of Jainism gives inspiration to its followers to respect the views of people of other living faiths and ideologies. It emphasizes the theory of relativity of knowledge and thus stand for openers and catholicity. Jainism thus contributes ideologically to the harmony of religions in India. Its impact on language, literature, arts, architecture and philosophy is paramount. Jaina poets were successful in introducing Prakrit along with Sanskrit.
The study of Jainism is much interlinked with the land and language of Karnataka. Jaina religion played a significant role not only in the history of Karnataka but also in upholding the human values, thus making an individual a perfect man and an universal man. "Manujakula tanonde valam" (Mankind is one) is the basic concept through which Jainism knitted the lives of people in all walks of life. It paved way for careful and absorbed study in detail.