Mahavir Jayanti: Why Jains Celebrate It?
Every year Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated by the Jain Society. This feast, which is celebrated as the birth feast of Lord Mahavir, has been confirmed as a government holiday in India.
Who was Mahavir?
Lord Mahavir was born in a royal family. There was no shortage of money in his family. At the age of thirty, Lord Mahavir left the world and his worldly desires, pleasures, and kingdom, leaving all the facilities and traveling bare feet. Lord Mahavir took a serious vow and physical salvation, Lord Mahavir meditated under the Ashoka tree and discarded his clothes.
Lord Mahavir was born to King Siddhartha of Vaishali and Queen Trishala. Lord Mahavir was born in 599 years ago in Kundagram, Vaishali (Bihar), India. Lord Mahavir’s real name was Vardhamana. His family was related to the Ikshvaku dynasty. Lord Mahavir was a bright and brave child since childhood.
Lord Mahavir ruled for 30 years after his father, but later Lord Mahavir abandoned all the temptations and went in search of the truth of life. Lord Mahavir did hard penance for 12 years. Lord Mahavir later reaffirmed Jainism, therefore, Lord Mahavir is credited with the philosophy and propaganda of Jainism.
When and why does Mahavir Jayanti celebrate?
Mahavir Jayanti is 17 April. Mahavir Jayanti festival is the biggest festival for the Jain community because today Lord Mahavir, who founded Jainism, was born. Mahavir Jayanti festival is also called Mahavir’s Janma Kalyanak. On Mahavir Jayanti, the statue of Lord Mahavir is installed on the chariot and procession is performed in the city.
In which place is Mahavir Jayanti celebrated?
India has a large number of Jain community in Gujarat and Rajasthan and Jain people live in Delhi Maharashtra. Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated on a large scale in these states on this day. Apart from this, people of Jain community also celebrate the festival of Mahavir Jayanti throughout the world.
How is Mahavir Jayanti celebrated?
Jain community celebrates this biggest festival of Mahavir Jayanti with great fanfare. Jain temples are specially decorated on Mahavir Jayanti. A non-violence rally is organized by the Jain community at many places in India. On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, donations are given to the poor and needy. Mahavir Jayanti is specially anointed for the statue of Lord Mahavir in Jain temples. Several state governments are instructed to keep the shops of meat and liquor closed.
How did Lord Mahavir die?
According to Jain sources, Lord Mahavir died in Pavapuri. Pavapuri is a city located in Nalanda district of Bihar state of India. This is a very sacred city for Jainism’s popularity because it is believed that Lord Mahavir had attained liberation right here. According to Jain sources, Lord Mahavir did not die. Lord Mahavir achieved salvation after completing his life span.
What do people of Jain religion do not eat?
The people of Jain follow non-violence religion and stay away from meat and wine. People of Jain religion do not even eat things grown in the land like onion, garlic or potato.