Mahaveer Jayanti :
This is a Jain festival celebrating the birth anniversary of Mahavir, the last Tirthankar on the first day of Bhadrapad. In the ritual, in the morning the idol of Mahavira is given ceremonial bath called abhishek and is then placed in a craddle and carried in a procession around the neighbourhood with pomp and ceremony. Festivals of India – MAHAVIRA JAYANTI | महावीर जयंती
When is Mahavir Jayanti?
Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday in Jainism.
This is a gazetted holiday which means that government offices and most businesses are closed.
History of Mahavir Jayanti :
The holiday is celebrated on the 13th day of the waxing (rising) half of Hindu month of Caitra which usually occurs in either late March or early April in the Gregorian calendar.
Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, and the 24th and last Tirthankara (great sages).
On this day his followers recall his teachings and try to offer Ahar Dan, Aushad Dan, Gyan Dan and Abhay Dan. In the temples people offer prayers while at home people make imprints of hands on the walls to bring good luck. Festivals of India – MAHAVIRA JAYANTI | महावीर जयंती
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