Name of Festival : Mahavir Jayanti Festival
Time of celebration (Month)
Mahavir Jayanti celebrated in the month of March
Major Territory of Celebration
Mahavir Jayanti Festival is celebrated in all over the India by the Jainism
Significance of Buddha Purnima
Mahavir Jayanti Festival is a birth anniversary of Mahavir
In Jainism Mahavir Jayanthi is important Festival. Mahavir Jayanthi is a birth anniversary of the 24th and the last Tirthankara of the Jains ,Vardhman Mahavir.He was born on the 13th day of the rising moon in the month of Chaitra (March), in either 599 BC or 615 BC its depending on religious tradition.In age of 30 Mahavir renounce worldly life and undertook austere penance until he achieved realisation. He was the son of Siddhartha and Trisala. He spread the message of salvation to the world and had many followers. Mahavir are also advised to donate money, clothes and grain to the poor. Teachings of Mahavir is complete nonviolence and the importance of austerity showed the path to achieving salvation and spirituality.
Main sects of Jains are
On this day Jain temples are decorated with flags.In the morning of the festival the idol of Mahavira is given a ceremonial bath called the ‘abhishek’ . After that it placed in a cradle and carried in a procession. Some sections of the community even participate in a grand procession .Devotees make offerings of milk, fruit, rice, lamps, incense and water to the Tirthankar.
On this day people visit the Jain Temples at Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat. People meditate and offer prayers.