16 April 2011

Festivals of India - Mahavir Jayanti

Greetings on Mahavir Jayanti

Today is Mahavir Jayanti, It is the most important festival of Jain community. It celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara.Lord Mahavir was a great teacher who taught humanity the true path of happiness. His teachings on complete non-violence and the importance of austerity showed the path to achieving salvation and spirituality.

Mahavir Jayanti is observed on the 13th day of the month of Chaitra as per the Hindu calendar. This day is commemorated, not with pomp and festivities, but with silent prayers and worship, in accordance with Saint Mahavir's teachings of austerity and renunciation.On Mahavir Jayanthi, Jain temples are decorated with flags. In the morning the statue of Mahavira is given a ceremonial bath called the 'abhishek'. Lord Mahavira is an ideal in Jainism who taught the world the essence of life. He taught all of us the right way of living the life.The day of his birth is celebrated in a massive procession around the cities. The Jains make offerings of milk, rice, fruit, incense, lamps and water to the poor people that day. All sections of the community participate in a grand procession. Lectures are held to preach the path of virtue. People meditate and offer prayers. Donations are collected to save the cows from slaughter and to help poor people by providing them food. Pilgrims from all parts of the country visit the ancient Jain Temples at Pawapuri, Kundalpur and Parsvanath on this day.


Special Coin on Bhagwan Mahavir


Slogans on Postal receipts


Live and Let Live !!

: Ashwani Dubey, Gorakhpur

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