Even today we see in India a lot of respect for Mahavira - a Buddha like seeker with very similar development.
Mahavira, also known as Vardhamāna, was the twenty-fourth tirthankara (ford-maker and propagator of dharma) who revived Jainism.
He expounded the spiritual, philosophical and ethical teachings of the previous tirthankaras from the remote pre-Vedic era.
In the Jain tradition, it is believed that Mahavira was born in the early part of the 6th century BCE into a royal Kshatriya Jain family in present-day Bihar, India.
He abandoned all worldly possessions at the age of 30 and left home in pursuit of spiritual awakening, becoming an ascetic.
Mahavira practiced intense meditation and severe austerities for 12 years, after which he is believed to have attained Kevala Jnana (omniscience).
He preached for 30 years and is believed by Jains to have attained moksha in the 6th century BC.
After attaining Kevala Jnana, Mahavira taught that observance of the vows of ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (chastity), and aparigraha (non-attachment) is necessary for spiritual liberation.