Bhagavan Rishabha was the first jain hence he is often called adinath, the first lord. he is also called
rushabh, rushabhdev, adinath or adishwar. he is mentioned in most of the hindu puranas, markandeya,
kurma, vayu, garuda, brahmanda, varaha, linga, vishnu, skandha etc. rishabha has been mentioned in the
hindu text of the bhagavatha-purana as an avatar of vishnu. according to the bhāgavata, he was born to
show the people of this world the path of salvation.
The hindus, gave the same parentage (father nabhiraja and mother marudevi) of rishabhdev as the jains do and they even agree that after the name of rishabhdev’s eldest son bharat this country is known as bharatavarsa. in the rgveda there are clear references to rishabhdev, the first tirthankara. bhagwanrishabhdev also called adinath the first tirthankara born in the royal family of ikshvaku clan in ayodhya as the son of king nabhiraja and queen maru devi. he was married to sumangla and sunanda. sumangla gave birth to bharat, who later became a chakravarti king . sunanda gave birth to a child who came to be known as bahubali.