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Introduction:

Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated as the birth of Lord Mahavira, the last Tirthankar. It falls in the month of March or April, according to the Gregorian calendar. Mahavir Jayanti remembers Lord Mahavira's teachings It was a symbol of non-violence. He showed us the path to true faith, knowledge and conduct for salvation. They preached non-violence, honesty, purity and segregation from material things.

Mahavir Jayanti is the most important Jain festival. It celebrates the birth of Saint Mahavira in a small town by the name of Vaishali. The significance of the festival is due to the fact that Saint Mahavira was the founder of Jain religion as a religion. It is a peaceful religion that loves simplicity. Their main qualities are such that they do not believe in killing a pest. There are mainly four types of Jain: Digambar and Swethambars, Devasis and Venkatesasas. Puja rituals of Jains are not very wide, because their leader Mahavira was against idol worship in his ideal sense. Of the four denominations, only the devis go to the temples, while others reckon with their ideal belief asserting them as pure.

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Mahavir Jayanti Celebrations

Mahavir Jayanti is also celebrated in Jainism by the name Mahavir Janma Kalyanak to celebrate the birth of their last Tirthankara. According to the Gregorian calendar it falls annually in the month of March or April. It is celebrated with much fervor at all the Jain temples all over the country. All the holy places and temples associated with the Mahavir are decorated with the flowers, flags and etc to celebrate this special occasion. At this day, the Mahavir idol is given a ritual bath before celebration and puja following a big and grand procession.

There is a tradition of distributing clothes, money, food and other necessary things to the poor people. Such facilities are organized by the Jain organizations. Big celebration events are organized at some grand Jain shrines including Girnar and Palitana, Gujarat; Sri Mahavirji, Rajasthan; Parasnath Temple, Kolkata and Pawapuri, Bihar. It is locally celebrated by the people by giving a ceremonial bath (abhisheka) to the idol of Mahavir. At this day, people of Jain religion get involved in the charitable act. People go to the Jain temples to meditate and offer prayers. Some great people give lectures in the temple to distribute the virtues of Jain doctrine.

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Significance of Mahavir Jayanti Celebrations:

Lord Mahavir is considered as one of the finest and greatest prophets of social reformation and peace.  Mahavir Jayanthi is only celebrated for one day and the masses organize peaceful processions where chariots, horses, elephants, chanters and drummers also form part of this procession. The many stories related to Saint Mahavir are narrated to children in honor of the great saint. Silent prayers and teachings of the great saint are reiterated through sermons, which are performed as part of the Mahavir Jayanthi celebrations.

Mahavir Jayanti is the day of Lord Mahavir's birth and is considered as one of the most auspicious days in the country. The spiritual power and moral greatness of Lord Mahavir's teachings, impressed many individuals during his time. He made Jainism, a religion so simple and free from various ritual complexities and inspired many to follow his path. His message and teachings regarding universal love will continue to live forever.

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