Swami Vivekananda was one of India's greatest spiritual teachers who is credited with the rejuvenation of the Hindu faith in India after centuries of medieval decline. His early association with Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa was proved to be essential in shaping his spiritual life. Swami Vivekananda represented Hinduism at the 1893 Worlds Parliament of Religions convened during the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago. With his opening words, 'Sisters and brothers of America', he brought the crowd to its feet. Subsequently he was invited to speak all over America and Europe.
Lord Mahavir was the last and 24th Tirthankara of Jainism and is responsible for reordering the religion and introducing the Jain Sangha. Lord Mahavir considered men and women to be spiritual equals and that they both may renounce the world in search of Moksha. Lord Mahavir encouraged participation of people from all social standings, rich and poor, men and women, touchable and untouchable. The ultimate goal behind practicing the teachings of Lord Mahavira is to attain freedom from the cycle of rebirth as human life is representative of pain, misery and vices.