On Tuesday, Jains throughout the country celebrated their most auspicious day, Mahavir Jayanti. The day is dedicated to Lord Mahavir, the 24th and last Tirthankara of Jainism. Jain communities were seen thronging temples to worship Lord Mahavir, and several rallies were taken out to mark the occasion. Renowned preceptors enlightened children and elders on the teachings of Lord Mahavir, preaching the path of morality and righteousness.
Innumerable holy places were visited in the name of Mahavira, and many traveled to temples to meditate and offer prayers. Sacred Jain temples arranged beneficial and advantageous lectures to examine fundamental questions of life and truth. Traditional pujas were performed with a set of rituals to honor the statue of Mahavir by offering flowers, rice, fruits, and Dudh Abhisheka.
On this holy day, many Jains atone fast for peace and salvation and conduct purposeful ceremonies and social awareness operations. People, especially youngsters, were seen chanting slogans like Trishala Nandan Veer Ki…Jai Bolo Mahavir Ki and Vande Veeram.
Mahavir Jayanti is observed on the 17th day of the month of the rising moon called Chaitra, mostly in March/April according to the Lunar calendar. Although it is observed strictly somewhere in April according to the Gregorian calendar. The day began with a traditional bath of the statues and idols of Lord Mahavira, known as Jal Abhisheka.
Jains also involve themselves in numerous charitable ventures and public-spirited acts at some familiar vicinity during the daytime. These benevolent activities allow Jain practitioners to connect with the outer world and show respect to Lord Mahavira. Traditional processions were also carried out where people participate in umpteen Mahavir carcades and carry out various processions in streets for the prominent festivity.
Mahavir, also called Vardhaman in his childhood, is regarded as one of the holiest and most accomplished missionaries of peace and harmony. Mahavir Jayanti has great significance for Jains as it commemorates the birth of Lord Mahavir. According to Svetambara Jains, Mahavir’s mother saw 16 auspicious dreams when she was pregnant, while Digambara Jains believe she saw 14 dreams.