The Jainas believe that Jainism is the outcome of the teachings of twenty four Tirthankaras. In the light of this statement which one among the following is correct of Vardhamana Mahavira?
- He was the first Tirthankara and the founder of Jainism
- He was the twenty third Tirthankara, the first twenty two Trithankaras being considered legendary
- He was the last and twenty fourth Tirthankara, who was not considered as the founder of the new faith but as a reformer of the existing religious sect
- He was no one of the twenty four Tirthankaras
Vardhamana Mahavira was the twenty-fourth and last Jain Tirthankara.
The correct option is C.