Mahavir Janma Kalyanak or Mahavir Jayanti is the most propitious occasion for Jains, which is highly celebrated with much energy in their community. On this day, different groups of Jains including Digambars, Shwetambars, Sthanak Vaasis, and Tera Panthis meet up to celebrate the holy event.
Who is Mahavir?
In case you’re pondering who Mahavir is and why his birthday celebrated, this is what you should know about the celebration:
Mahavir was born in 599 BC, at Kshatriyakund, Bihar, on the thirteenth day of the splendid portion of the moon, in the long stretch of Chaitra. He was the 24th and the last Tirthankar (teaching about dharma). Ruler Mahavir, likewise alluded to as Indian sage Vardhamana, was born in Kundalagrama, Bihar, as a child to lord Siddartha and Queen Trishala. At 30 years old, he left his royal position and other luxuries and belongings and went through twelve years of his life as a sage. Mahavira gave the highest regard to every living being and lectured peacefulness and moksha. He likewise set commendable authority over his disciple which later earned him the name Mahavira. At 72 years old, he accomplished nirvana and committed his life to learn spiritual freedom. Along these lines, the disciples of Lord Mahavira and his proclaiming, his supporters observe Mahavir Jayanti with incredible enthusiasm. The birthday is celebrated in late March or early April, as indicated by the Gregorian Calendar.
Why is Mahavir Jayanti celebrated?
Mahavir drove an amazingly ascetic life in deep meditation. His spiritual doings and praiseworthy activities earned him the name Mahavir. He gave incredible preaching of the reality of other world opportunities. He showed his disciples the act of peacefulness and acquainted them with the idea of salvation. In this way, Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated each year to celebrate his proclaiming and Jain teachings.
How is the festival celebrated?
On Mahavir Jayanti, Jain community people offer petitions and regard by visiting temples that are magnificently embellished with blossoming flowers and banners. Symbols of Mahavir are given a stately anointment called abhisheka. The symbols are carried on a chariot by devotees, in a parade that is called rath yatra. Religious rhymes are chanted during the whole procession. On this day, individuals from the Jain people group participate in works of philanthropy.
Jains observe Mahavir Jayanti in a vivid manner by beautifying the Jain sanctuaries with banners and offering donations to needy individuals. In India, the birth celebration of Mahavir is all the more fervently seen in Gujarat and Rajasthan contrasted with different parts, as a higher number of Jains dwell in these states. In the early morning, adherents give a formal shower to the statue of Lord Mahavira called ‘Abhishek’. The statue is then put in a wonderfully designed chariot and a holy parade takes place.
Askganesha wishes you and your family a happy Mahavir Jayanti.Mahavir Jayanti: A holy festival of Jains by AskGanesha Astrologer