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 proved to be essential in shaping his spiritual life. Swami Vivekananda represented Hindu Dharma 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.
Bhagwan Mahavir was the 24th and last Tirthankara of Jain Dharma and is responsible for reordering the Dharma and introducing the Jain Sangha. Bhagwan Mahavir considered men and women to be spiritual equals and that they both may renounce the world in search of Moksha. Bhagwan Mahavir encouraged participation of people from all social standings - rich and poor, men and women. The ultimate goal behind practicing the teachings of Bhagwan Mahavira is to attain freedom from the vicious cycle of rebirth as human life is representative of pain, misery and vices.