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Lord Mahavira (599 B.C. - 527 B. C.), also known as Vardhamana, was the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara of Jainism. He was born in 599 B.C. at Kshatriyakund which was a part of the well known Vaishäli republic - a district in the modern Indian state of Bihar. His father's name was King Siddhärtha and his mother's name was Queen Trishalä. They were very religious people and were followers of Lord Pärshvanäth. Queen Trishalä had fourteen dreams (some believe sixteen dreams) when she conceived Lord Mahavira. While she was pregnant, the prosperity of King Siddhärtha grew. The parents attributed their success to the baby. So when the baby was born, he was named Vardhamana, which means continuously increasing.