Bhagvan Rishabha (Adinath)
Bhagavan Rishabha was the first jain hence he is often called Adinath, the first lord. He is also called Rushabh, Rushabhdev, Adinath or Adishwar. He is mentioned in most of the hindu puranas, markandeya, kurma, vayu, garuda, brahmanda, varaha, linga, vishnu, skandha etc. Rishabha has been mentioned in the hindu text of the bhagavatha-purana as an avatar of vishnu. According to the bhāgavata, he was born to show the people of this world the path of salvation.
Life of Bhagvan Rishabha (Adinath)
Rishabha dev was born to King Nabhi Raja and Queen Marudevi at Ayodhya in the Ikshvaku clan. According to Jain beliefs, Rishabha dev existed before civilization developed. He taught people agriculture, tending of animals, cooking, and more. He had one hundred and one sons.
His eldest son - Bharat - was a chakravarti king - the conqueror of the known world. In the later part of his life he retired to become a monk and attained moksha. Since he became a siddha, he is occasionally worshipped. According to the Jain beliefs, India was named Bhārata-varsha or Bhārata after him.
His second son was Bahubali, whose statue stands at Shravanabelagola, Karnataka as well as at Karkala. Marudevi mother of adinath was the first person to achieve moksha - even before Rishabha dev himself. Rishabha dev's grandson Marichi's soul later became Mahaveera. He attained 'kevala gyana' or infinite knowledge at Palitana and attained liberation (moksha) at Ashtapada mountain in Himalayas.