Mahavir Jayanti, one of the most important religious festivals of the Jain community, It is observed to celebrate the birthday and the philosophy of the great Lord Mahavira.
Mahavir Jayanti is the biggest festivals of the Jains, celebrated with zeal in India and across the world as it has a lot of religious significance for people belonging to the Jain religion. Mahavir Jayanthi is a birth anniversary of the 24th and the last Tirthankara of the Jains ,Vardhman Mahavir the founder of Jainism.
Lord Mahavira, was born at Kshatriyakund near modern Patna in Bihar in 599 BC, on the 13th day of the rising moon in the month of Chaitra (the period between March and April) according to the Gregorian calendar to King Siddartha and Queen Trisala in Vaishali (Bihar), a few miles from present Patna city. He spread the message of salvation to the world and has been acclaimed as one of the greatest prophets of peace and social reformation that Bharat has ever produced.
On this day as a part of Mahavir Jayanthi celebrations, Jain temples are beautifully decorated with flags.The day of the festival the idol of Mahavira is given a ceremonial bath in which people bath the idol of Lord Mahavira (called the ‘abhishek’). The idol of Lord Mahavira is placed in a cradle and carried in a procession. It is then placed in a cradle and carried in a procession around the neighborhood.
Devotees in the temple make offerings of milk, fruit, rice, lamps, incense and water to the Tirthankar. Pilgrims from all different parts of the country visit the ancient Jain Temples at Girnar and Palitana inGujaraton on the Jain festival of Mahavir Jayanti. google_ad_section_end –>