Jainism is one of the oldest religions of India. Like other religious systems originating in India, Jainism emerged out of a common background of Indian life and thought. Unlike Buddhism, Jainism has a continuous history in India, and it has always influenced and has been influenced by contemporary life even to this day. Monuments of Jainism - caves and temples - are found all over the Indian peninsula, and they belong to various periods right from the dawn of Eastern Art to the present day.