Mahavir Jayanti 2021
Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most auspicious festivals for the Jain community. Mahavir Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir (also known as ‘Vardhman’) the 24th and last Tirthankara of Jainism.
Lord Mahavira was born in the month of Chaitra at ‘Kundalagrama’ in Bihar. He was born to King ‘Siddhartha’ and queen ‘Trishali’. After his birth, the kingdom’s prosperity increased so he got the name ‘Vardhman’ means one who grows.
Mahavira was married but he left his home and kingdom to seek the truth and to attain Nirvana. Mahavira was a spiritual guide who gave five teachings also known as ‘Five Mahavrat’.
These principles are ‘Satya’ means truth, ‘Ahimsa’ means non-violence, ‘Achaurya’ means not to steal anything, ‘Brahmacharya’ means leading a life of a saint away from pleasure, and ‘Aparigraha’ meaning non-attachment.
This year, Mahavir Jayanti is being celebrated on April 25 to observe peace, harmony and to spread the teachings of Lord Mahavir. Religious processions (rath yatra) are carried out on Mahavir Jayanti. Jain temples are decorated with flags, and offerings are given to the poor and needy people. Jainism lays focus on world peace and harmony such that no or minimal harm is brought to living creatures. Hence, donations are also made to contribute towards saving animals from slaughter.