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The History and significance of Mahavir Jayanthi, the Jain festival

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Posted on : 17/Apr/2019 12:16:22



 
 
 
As people are well aware of the religion Jainism, Lord Mahavir practised and promoted non-violence. He preached love and respect of all living beings. He was the 24th and the last Tirthankara. He was thus a spiritual teacher in Jainism, a religion he found on these virtues.

Indeed, Mahavir Jayanthi or Mahaveer Janma Kalyanak marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, the founder of Jainism.

He was the 24th and the last Tirthankara. He was a saviour and a spiritual teacher in Jainism.

Mahavir Jayanthi is a significant day for the Jain community. It is being celebrated today, April 17.

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

According to the English calendar, it varies between the months of March or April.

Lord Mahavir practised and promoted non-violence and preached love and respect of all living beings. On these values, he later found a new religion Jainism. Jains steer clear of all non-vegetarians dishes and follow the path of non-violence or ahimsa. Mahavir Jayanthi is a reminder of these virtues.

Lord Mahavir was born in the palace of Vaishali to King Siddhartha and Queen Trisala, He 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.