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Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

Traditional Celebrations in India




Mahavir Jayanti is observed on the thirteenth day of the month of rising moon called Chaitra. It is dominantly celebrated mostly in the month of March/April according to Lunar calendar. Although, it is observed strictly somewhere in the month of April according to the Gregorian calendar. This eminent day celebrates the Birth of Saint Mahavira across the world. It is believed that, this great saint was born was born somewhere around the 5th century B.C. This year, it will fall on Thursday, 29th March.

This remarkable Holy day is memorialized throughout the country among Jain communities. Jain People believe in simplicity and fancy Observance on this sacred day.  Therefore, they conduct some purposeful ceremonies and social awareness operations. 

Know How The People Celebrate this very auspicious day of Mahavir Jayanti across the country-

 

Abhisheka: The alluring celebration starts with a traditional Bath of the adorable Statues and idols of Lord Mahavira. This ceremonial shower is relatively popular as- Jal Abhisheka.

Humanitarian Activities: Jain People involve themselves in numerous Charitable ventures and Public- Spirited Acts at some familiar vicinity during the day time. These benevolent activities allow Jain practitioners to connect with the outer world and show respect to Lord Mahavira. 

Traditional Processions: They actively participate in umpteen Mahavir Carcades and carry out various Processions in streets for the prominent festivity. There are incredible processions held in each corner of the city with pictures and images of Mahavir on Chariots.

Jollification in Divine Regions: In the name of Mahavira, Folks visit innumerable Holy Places and others travel to Temples to meditate and offer prayers to Mahavir. Inside the sacred Jain temples, Articulations by renowned Preceptors are organised in order to preach the path of morality and righteousness .Beneficial and Advantageous lectures are also arranged by Jain doctrine to examine and scrutinize on the fundamental questions of life and Truth. The sacred temples also perform Traditional Pujas with certain set of rituals to honour the statue of Mahavir by flowers, rice, fruits and Dudh Abhisheka.


Free Food Campaigns: One of the most popular ventures is Free Food Campaigning on this historic occasion. Many sacred places celebrate this extra-special Jayanti significantly and organise spesh Food services in some temporary accommodation of huts, tents, or other structures for poverty – stricken. Jain populace donate food, money and cloths to sacred temples, Orphanages and other holy places during Mahavir Jayanti. The priests often prefer to take what they need and donate the remaining items to less fortunate human around.

Charity Camps: In order to propagate the charitable missions like saving cows from slaughter or helping to feed poor people, various Camps are organised. People entangle in a group to collect Charity in Holy Jain temples for innumerable Humane undertakings for the welfare of the Indian Society across India. An exceptionally high Mass of practitioners and enthusiasts come to pay their respects and join in the celebrations on Mahavir Jayanti.

 

Regional Celebrations Across The Country:




People can feel a vibe of Commemoration especially in some places such as- Gujarat and Rajasthan. As according to a Survey, Gujarat is said to have to maximum number of Jain shrines and Temples. However, the Research says that they are also the noteworthy states where highest numbers of Jains live. Rajasthan observes a grand Fair on this providential Jain Festival- Mahavir Jayanti. In India, Gujarat notices the biggest fair for this festivity substantially in the area of Palitana and Girnar regions. And these are some of the most significant places of worship for Jainism. In Bihar, Vaishali -the Birth place of Vardhmana observes a tremendously acclaimed Fair to pay homage to saint and to get blessings in bulk. As per the ethics, it holds a very special importance and efficacy.