Everything You Need To Know About Mahavir Jayanti

Everything You Need To Know About Mahavir Jayanti

Everything You Need To Know About Mahavir Jayanti 

New Delhi : One of the main festival of the Jainism religion, Mahavir Jayanti or Mahaveer Janma Kalyanak marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, who was the founder of Jainism. This year, the Mahavir Jayanti will be observed on April 17.

Every year, the date of Mahavir Jayanti changes in accordance with the Hindu calendar as it is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the month Chaitra. 

Lord Mahavir was in the palace of Vaishali to King Siddhartha and Queen Trisal and took over the kingdom when he came of age. After ruling the kingdom for over 30 years, he decided to give it up to seek enlightenment. He practised and promoted non-violence and preached love and respect of all living beings. He later founded Jainism.

Celebrations on one of the most auspicious day for the Jains vary between communities across the world. Usually an idol of Lord Mahavira is carried on a chariot which is then taken on a procession or Rath Yatra. The devotees chant “Bhajan” in praise of Lord Mahavira's contributions. The idol is then given a ceremonial bath or an Abhisheka. Devotees participate in charitable works in an attempt to give back to the society. They also visit temples that are dedicated to Lord Mahavira and organise prayer meets. The priests of the Jain community hold lectures to preach the path of virtue that defines Jainism. 

Mahavir Jayanti celebrations, like any other festival food plays an important role. The Jains follow a satvik diet and abstain from onions and garlic. Their central idea is to consume fresh meals made from natural products causing minimum harm to living creatures.