Mahavir Jayanti- A festival to celebrate the path of Non violence and truth

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Mahavir Jayanti – the day of celebrating the birth of Mahavira– twenty fourth and the last Tirthankara of avasarpini era. The day is celebrated on the 13th day of the rising half of Hindu month of Chaitra. According to the legend, Devananda, wife of a Brahmin named Rishabhdeva, conceived him, but the gods transferred the embryo to the womb of Trishala. Born about 2618 years before, lord Mahavira preached the lesson of non violence and truth. He abandoned all his passions in search of truth. In 12 years of penance, he got 349 meals only. He motivated millions of people and said that the non violence is the biggest religion of the world. Anyone’s pain can never be overcome by violence. He gave the slogan “ Ahinsa Paramo Dharam”

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According to Mahavira one should not accumulate bad karmas which are the main cause of human delusion and suffering and lead to the vicious cycle of life and death and continues till one is liberated. If you want to get anything in your life, get it through dedication and power.

Mahavir Jayanti  is an auspicious occasion for the Jain community. Followers visit the Jain temples and offer abhishek  to the idol. Temples are decorated with flags to mark the birth anniversary of lord Mahavira.

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Seema Jain

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