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Mahavir Jayanti

Mahavir Jayanti

 

Mahavir is the last and the greatest Tirthankar of the Jain religion, and Mahavir Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara. Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated in the first day of Bhadrapad, when there is a grand cradle procession, and a general celebration of the auspicious day.
 
The two sects of Jainism, Svetambaras and Digambaras, however, do not come to a consensus on the date of His birth. According to the Digambara sect, his birth took place in 615 BC, whereas the Svetembaras claim that it occurred in 599 BC. 
 
About Mahavira, his Birth and enlightenment:
 
According to the Jain mythology, Mahavir had acquired all the necessary qualities to become a Tirthankara in His previous life. Six months prior to his birth, the supreme powers created an atmosphere congenial and conductive to Mahavir's birth, who was a great being. Gods and Goddesses came down to bestow their blessings on the Tirthankara's expecting mother, and to cater to her needs. Wealth was showered from the heavens, relieving everyone from poverty and extending the superior ambience.
 
Just before Mahavir was born , His mother had sixteen dreams. Mahavir was born at four in the morning, which is considered very auspicious in Jainism and Hinduism.
 
Mahavir Jayanti is also celebrated in Jainism by the name Mahavir Janma Kalyanak to celebrate the birth of their last Tirthankara. According to the Gregorian calendar it falls annually in the month of March or April. It is celebrated with much fervor at all the Jain temples all over the country. All the holy places and temples associated with the Mahavir are decorated with the flowers, flags and etc to celebrate this special occasion. At this day, the Mahavir idol is given a ritual bath before celebration and puja following a big and grand procession.
 
There is a tradition of distributing clothes, money, food and other necessary things to the poor people. Such facilities are organized by the Jain organizations. Big celebration events are organized at some grand Jain shrines including Girnar and Palitana, Gujarat; Sri Mahavirji, Rajasthan; Parasnath Temple, Kolkata and Pawapuri, Bihar. It is locally celebrated by the people by giving a ceremonial bath (abhisheka) to the idol of Mahabir. At this day, people of Jain religion get involved in the charitable act. People go to the Jain temples to meditate and offer prayers. Some great people give lectures in the temple to distribute the virtues of Jain doctrine.
 
There are many variations in the birth place of the Mahavir; some says it was kundigram, Vaishali; Lachhuar, Jamui; Kundalpur, Nalanda or Basokund. However the exact birth place is unidentified. His parents were great followers of the Parsva. He was named as Mahavir means great warrior as during his childhood he controlled a terrifying serpent. He is also called as the Sanmati, Vira and Nataputta (means son of Natas). There are many variations as well about his marriage, some says he was celibate whereas some says he married to Yashoda and had a daughter named Priyadarshana.
He went for a deep meditation after lefting his home at his 30 and faced lots of difficulties and distress. After many years he was enlightened with the perception, power, knowledge and bliss. After getting enlightenment, he travelled to people to teach them the philosophy of real life to elevate their quality of life and pleasure. The five ethical principles of him are Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Bramhacharya and Aparigraha. His died physically at the age of 72 and his purified soul was completely liberated forever by lefting his body and attained Nirvana means Moksha. After death, his body was cremated at the Pawapuri which is now famous having a big Jain temple, Jalmandir.
 
Mahavir Jayanti is an auspicious occasion for the Jain community. Followers visit the temples and offer ceremonial bath, known as 'abhishek', to Mahavira's idol. The temples are lavishly decorated with flags to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira. Majestic chariot processions are also carried out with the images followed by millions of devotees while chanting prayers. Traditional dishes are prepared on this particular day and alms are offered to the poor.
 
On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, sermons are also held in shrines or temples to preach the philosophy of spiritual freedom and virtue. Important chapters from the life of Mahavira are read out to the devotees that also contain biographies of Jain Tirthankars. Devotees and followers of Jainism send Mahavir Jayanti messages to relive the great teachings and life of Lord Mahavira. Amazing Mahavir Jayanti greetings, e-cards and Mahavir Jayanti SMS are shared with friends and family to celebrate the holy occasion.