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Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most significant festivals of Jains. Read about the Mahavir Jayanthi celebrations.

Mahavir Jayanti

Mahavir Jayanti has a lot of religious significance for people belonging to the Jain religion. It is observed to celebrate the birthday of the great Lord Mahavira, who was born at Kshatriyakund near modern Patna in Bihar in 599 BC. According to the Gregorian calendar, the Mahavir Jayanti festival falls during the period between March and April. As a part of Mahavir Jayanthi celebrations, the Jain temples are beautifully adorned with flags.

The day begins with the performance of ceremonial bath, in which people bath the idol of Lord Mahavira. This ceremonial bath is more popularly known as 'abhishek'. The idol of Lord Mahavira is then placed in a cradle and taken for procession. The worshippers congregate in the temple and offer rice, milk, fruits and water to Lord Mahavir.

At various places, lectures are conducted to impart the teachings of Mahavir Swami. The basic idea is to make people understand the real virtues of life. On this day, people spend time meditating and praying to the Lord. People give donations to save the cows from getting slaughtered. People come from different parts of the country and throng the ancient temples located at Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat on the Jain festival of Mahavir Jayanti.

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