Mahavir Jayanti 2021: Know Significance Of This Day And Lord Mahavira’s Teachings

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New Delhi: Mahavir Janma Kalyanak or Mahavira Jayanti is one of the most important religious festivals in Jainism. According to Jain texts, Mahavir was born on the thirteenth day of the bright half of the moon in the month of Chaitra in the year 599 BCE (Chaitra Sud 13) which in the Gregorian calendars falls on March or April.

This year, Mahavir Jayanti will be observed on April 25th 2021.

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Mahavir Jayanti is widely celebrated in places all over the world wherever there is a presence of the Jain community. In India, the holiday is celebrated at Jain Temples throughout the country. The festival is more enthusiastically observed in states like Rajasthan and Gujarat, where a higher numbers of Jains are present. The day’s celebration include a procession or rath yatra carried out with the idol of Lord Mahavir while singing religious songs. However, this time the celebration of Mahavir Jayanti will look a little different due to the ongoing second wave of coronavirus. Many members of the Jain community engage in some sort of charitable act, prayers, pujas, and vratas. Devotees visit temples dedicated to Mahavir to meditate and offer prayers.

Mahavira’s Teachings:

The observance of Lord Mahavira were:

Ahimsa (Non-Violence)- He was a firm believer that people should follow the path of non-violence.

Satya (Truth)- He believed in saying the truth and being truthful.

Asteya (Refraaining from dishonesty) - He believed that people should be honest and they should not steal things.

Brahmacharya (Chastity) - He believed in not indulging in sensual pleasures.

Aparigraha (non-attachment) - He believed that people should not attach to material things.

Mahavir Jayanti 2021 Date & Importance: Lord Mahavira Principles, Dos and Don’ts of Life That We Can All Follow to Make This World a Better Place

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This year, Mahavir Jayanti will be celebrated on April 25. This day is celebrated as the birth celebration of Lord Mahavira. According to the Hindu calendar, Mahavir Swami was born on the 13th day of Chaitra month. He was born in the Raj family of Kundagram / Kundalpur in Bihar. It is believed that he is considered as the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. These are among the 24 people who attained enlightenment through penance. Tirthankaras are said to be the ones who have completely conquered the senses and emotions. So let’s know how Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated.

Lord Mahavira was born on the day of Chaitra Shukla Trayodashi about 600 years ago. Lord Mahavir’s father’s name was Maharaj Siddharth and his mother’s name was Maharani Trishala. Mahavir was a very bright and courageous boy since childhood. After sacrificing his household life, Mahavira did rigorous penance for 12 and a half years, then Vaishak Shukla Dashami received his ‘Kaivalya Gyan’ under the Sal tree on the banks of the Rijubaluka River. Mahavira’s birth is also known as Kalyanaka. On this day, the idols of Mahavira are anointed in Jain temples, after which the idol is installed on a chariot and a procession is taken out in the city.

Lord Mahavira Principles, Dos and Don’ts of Life That We Can All Follow to Make This World a Better Place:

“Silence and Self-control is non-violence.”

“Have compassion towards all living beings. Hatred leads destruction.”

“Respect for all living beings is non‑violence.”

“It is better to win over self than to win over a million enemies.”

“Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.”

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Lord Mahavira gave many sermons in life. Mahavir Swami was a priest of non-violence, he believed that all the creatures in this world should never be subjected to violence. Lord Mahavira says that man should never take the path of untruth. A man should walk on the path of truth. Mahavir Swami has told about Brahmacharya that perfect austerity, knowledge, self-control and humility are the root of Brahmacharya.

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Biden, Harris greet Jains on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti

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Washington :

“(First Lady) Jill (Bien) and I send our best wishes to people of the Jain faith celebrating Mahavir Jayanti. Mahavir Swami guided others to seek truth, turn away from violence, and live in harmony with all beings. May we strive to uphold these values,” Biden tweeted on Sunday.

Mahavir was believed to have been born in the sixth century BC and was the last of the 24 ’tirthankaras’ of Jainism. In Jainism, a ’tirthankara’ is a saviour and a spiritual teacher of the ‘dharma’ (righteous path). ‘‘Happy Mahavir Jayanti,” Harris said in a tweet.

‘’(Second Gentlemen) Doug (Emhoff) and I join Jain communities across the US and around the world in celebrating the birth of Mahavir Swami, whose teachings inspired others to seek truth and nonviolence,” she said.