Pawapuri, Jaina temple, Bihar. In the 6th century B.C., Mahavira, the last of the 24 Jaina Tirthankaras, achieved moksha, or liberation, from the cycle of life and death. He was cremated at Pawapuri, also known as Apapuri (the sinless town). There was a great rush to collect his ashes, with the result that so much soil was removed from the place of his cremation that a pond was created. Now two Jaina temples, made of white marble, stand at Pawapuri.