Updated: Apr 15, 2022
Mahavir Jayanti is being celebrated today. This is the biggest festival of Jainism. On this day Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, was born. Lord Mahavir was born about two and a half thousand years ago (599 years before BC), in the republic state of Vaishali, Kshatriya Kundalpur. At the age of thirty, Mahavira renounced the glory of the kingdom after becoming detached from the world and after adopting sannyasa, went on the path of self-welfare.
Significance of Mahavir Jayanti
After 12 years of hard penance, Lord Mahavir attained only knowledge and at the age of 72, he attained salvation from Pavapuri. During this, many followers of Mahavir Swami were formed, including the prominent kings of that time, Bimbisara, Kunika, and Chetak. Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated by Jain society on the birthday of Mahavir Swami and his salvation day as Deepawali.
What is Panchsheel Siddhanta?-
The life of Lord Mahavir Swami, the 24th Tirthankar of Jainism, is his message. Tirthankara Mahavir Swami described non-violence as the highest moral virtue. He told the world the Panchsheel principles of Jainism, which are non-violence, truth, aparigraha, achorya (astya), and celibacy. Mahavir showed and guided the world through his teachings and discourses. The subtle explanation of non-violence given by Lord Mahavira is rare elsewhere. He not only gave the message to human beings to live with love and friendship towards human beings but from the soil, water, fire, air, vegetation to insects, insects, animals, birds, etc.
How the festival is celebrated?-
On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, Jain religious people take out a morning procession. After that take out the palanquin journey with a grand procession. After this, Mahavir Swami is anointed with gold and silver urns and the flag is raised at the summits. Mahavir's birth anniversary is celebrated with pomp by the Jain society by organizing many religious programs throughout the day.
Special events in temples-
There is a Chaturmukhi Jain temple of Rishabhdev in Ranakpur, situated in the middle of the valleys of the Aravalli Mountains in Rajasthan. Surrounded by forests all around, the grandeur of this temple is made upon seeing. Apart from this, there are famous Jain temples in the Dilwara of Rajasthan itself. These temples were built between the 11th and 13th centuries. Palitana Jain Temple is situated on the Shatrunjaya mountain of Gujarat. Palitana Jain Temple situated on the Shatarunjaya mountain with more than nine hundred temples is dedicated to Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism.
On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, Gajera Vidyabhavan, Sachin wishes that you are blessed with a peaceful and balanced mind and a healthy life. Sending Warm wishes on the pious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti..... May Lord Mahavir be always there to bless you and help you fulfill your dream.