The community celebrates Mahavira Jayanti on the birth anniversary of Mahavira Jama Kalyanaka, the founder of Jainism, or Mahavira Jama Kalyanaka, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. The Ankara Mantra is the most popular and unique Jain prayer and Mahavira Jayanti is celebrated as the biggest festival of the Jain community. Spread peace and harmony and the teachings of Mahavira. Jainism strongly emphasizes peace and harmony in the world and protecting living beings from harm.
This year, Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated on Tuesday, April 4.
Mahavir Jayanti History and Significance:
Mahavira was born in Kundalgram, Bihar on the 13th day of the Chaitra month or the 13th day of the Chaitri month of the Hindu calendar. He was born to King Siddhartha and Queen Trishara. They claim that he was born in B.C. 599, but the Digambara Jains gave it to B.C. He is said to have been born in 615.
At the age of 30, Mahavira renounced the throne and material wealth and embarked on a spiritual path. Vardamana was an ascetic who spent twelve years in exile, away from all worldly pleasures, before attaining ‘kevala jnana’ or omniscience. Also known as Rishi Vardhaman, he advocated ahimsa (non-violence).
Mahavira followed the teachings of Brahmacharya (purity), Satya (satya), Astea (non-theft) and Aparigraha (non-violence). Indrabti Gautama, Mahavira’s chief disciple, compiled his teachings. He was known for his extraordinary control over his senses. He travelled in pursuit of knowledge and spiritual liberation, and at the age of 72, he reached enlightenment (nirvana).
During Mahavir Jayanti, idols of Mahavir are paraded in chariots and Jains celebrate the day by giving alms, praying, fasting, visiting Jain temples, communal prayer and reflection. People sing bhajans.
During the festival, freshly prepared vegetarian sattvic food without onions and garlic is usually eaten. No. On the day of Mahavira Jayanti, a religious procession is held. Banners are erected outside Jain temples and give alms to the poor and needy. We also donate to prevent animal slaughter.