Mahavir Jayanti also known as Mahavir Jayanti Kalyanak will be celebrated on March 29 2018. This will be 2616th Mahavir Jayanti Festival of Jain Samaj / community. Every year Mahavir Jayanti falls to Shukla Triadshi of Chaitra. It is believed that Lord Mahavir was born on this day. Mahavir Jayanti has a lot of importance for Jain community. He was the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. Jain temples are specially decorated on the occasion of this festival.
Childhood name was Vardhaman
Lord Mahavira’s childhood name was Vardhaman. Vardhaman is called ‘gin’, which means winner, because he had conquered his senses with hard penance.
Lord Mahavira was born in the place of Kundagram, Bihar, in 599 BC. This place is in Vaishali district. Mahavira’s mother was Trishala Rani and the father’s name was Siddhartha. It is found in Jain Puranas that before Mahavira was born, his mother had seen 16 special dreams related to his birth.
Lord Mahavir was an image of non-violence, sacrifice and equality. Lord Mahavira self-realized with the power of renunciation and penance. His words have the essence of life. The challenges that India and the world faced before about two and a half thousand years ago are still present. The only difference is that their appearance has changed. The evils of atrocities, oppression, exploitation, terror, war, violence and untruth still exist today. Lord Mahavir has told the way to overcome these evils in his words.
Importance of Mahavir Jayanti
Lord Mahavira had conquered his life with harsh penance. Lord Mahavir’s idol is specially anointed in’ Jain temples on Mahavira Jayanti. After bathing Mahavira, his idol is seated on a throne or a chariot with a procession with a horseshoe. In this Mahajulus/Rally. Lord Mahavira was born on this day, so on this day people preach their message in society. Mahavira gave a message of non-violence. He had said that non-violence is the biggest religion. Live yourself and also let others live. Keep a sense of compassion towards every creature. Mercy is non-violence.
Therefore called Tirthankara
Mahavir established these four pilgrims Sadhu, Sadhvi, Shravak and Shravika. That’s why he is called Tirthankara. Here the meaning of pilgrim is not by pilgrimages but by following non-violence, truth, etc. It means to make your soul a pilgrimage. Mahavira statues are anointed in Jain temples on Mahavir Jayanti.
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