Jainism in Chhattisgarh
According to the 2011 census, 0.24% of the population of Chhattisgarh follows Jainism.
But historically, Jainism has had a lot of influence.
Ancient Jain sculptures have been found in many places in Chhattisgarh.
The Hindu Shaivite king Teevardev in the Sirpur region in the middle of the 6th century and the 8th century king Shivagupta Balarjuna also established temples for Jains in the state
Malhar (Bilaspur)/Malhar: The statue of Rishabhdev, the first Tirthankara of Jainism, are in Budhikhar near Malhar, from Gunji/Damaudharha of Pendra, Bilaspur and Janjgir Champa districts.
Arang (Raipur)/The statue of Mahavir Swami, the 24th Tirthankara of Jain religion are in Arang Raipur.
Bhatguda (Bastar) / Bhatguda: A place named Bhatguda, located near the Indravati River in Bastar district, has a 3 feet high statue of Shantinath, the 16th Tirthankara of Jainism. There is also a rare statue of Goddess Lakshmi here. Villagers worship these idols as Betal and Kotgudin Devi.