Mahavir Jayanti is considered to be the most important festivals of the Jain community. It is also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, which is observed by the Jains all over the world. Born in Bihar in 599 BC, Mahavir was the 24th and last Jain Tirthankara who established core tenets of Jainism.
Mahavir was born on Trayodashi Tithi during Shukla Paksha in the Chaitra month.
According to drikpanchang, Trayodashi Tithi started at 23:23 on March 28 and will end at 21:22 on March 29.
This year marks the 2616th birth anniversary of Mahavir Swami.
And in order to make this occasion more special, we bring to you some of the most interesting facts about Mahavir Jayanti:
It marks the birth of Lord Mahavir. He is said to be the twenty-fourth and the last Tirthankara (Teaching God). He was also called Vardhamāna.
As a son to king Siddartha and Queen Trishala, Mahavir was born at Kundalagrama in Bihar. He spend 12 years of his life as ascetic after abandoning everything at the age of 30.
It is said that Mahavir, had exemplary control over his senses, and attained nirvana at 72. Then, he preached spiritual freedom for the rest of his life.
Mahavir Jayanti often witnesses huge procession by the followers of lord Mahavir. Prayers are offered on his name and Mahavir's teachings are recited on this day.
Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated every year on the 8th day of the holy period of “Paryushana”.