• Mahavir Jayanti 2015: Local statues of Mahavira are given Abhisheka (ceremonial bath)Reuters
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The main festival of the Jain community, Mahavir Jayanti, falls on 2 April this year. It marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira and is also known as 'Mahavir Janma Kalyanak.'

Lord Mahavira was the twenty fourth and the last Tirthankara; and his birth anniversary is a religious holiday for Jains.

He was the propagator of Jainism and developed a five-fold path for all households to follow – 'Ahimsa', 'Asteya', 'Brahmacharya', 'Satya' and 'Aparigraha'. Jains follow these vows to live in peace and harmony.

The celebration of this auspicious festival is very simple. Abhisheka (ceremonial bath) is given to the local statues of Lord Mahavira. Many charitable acts and donations to save wildlife are made during the day. Devotees visit temples to meditate and offer prayers where lectures are held to preach the path of virtue as defined by Jainism.

Below are few wishes to send to your beloved ones, especially to your Jain friends.

  • Fight with yourself, why fight with external foes? He, who conquers himself through himself, will obtain happiness.
    ~ Lord Mahavira
    Have a blessed Mahavir Jayanti!
  • Learn
    Dignity from Ram
    Service from Shravan;
    Target from Eklavya;
    Friendship from Krishna;
    Philanthropy from Karan;
    Non-veiolence from Buddha;
    And Meditation from Mhavira!
    Happy Mahavir Jayanti!
  • May Lord Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jainism bless you at all times!
    Happy Mahavir Jayanti!
  • May the preachings of Lord Mahavira:
    Samyak-Darshana - Right Faith
    Samyak-Jnana - Right Knowledge and
    Samyak-Charitra - Right Conduct together give us the real path to attain the liberation of ourselves!
    Happy Mahavir Jayanti!
  • May Ratnatraya, the triple gems of Jainism:
    Samyak Darshana - the right vision or view;
    Samyak Gyana - the right knowledge;
    Samyak Charitra - the right conduct
    guide you to the path of liberation and make your soul move up spiritually!
    Happy Mahavir Jayanti!
  • May you get spiritual calmness (Prasanna); have desire to get liberation from life cycles (Samvega); without any attachment to anything (Nirveda); kindness (Anukampa); and belief in the nine fundamental principles (Astikya) of Jainism!
    Happy Mahavir Jayanti!
  • May Lord Mahavira bless you abundantly and fill your life with the virtue of truth, non-violence and compassion!
    Happy Mahavir Jayanti!
  • mahmahavir jinka naam hai,
    palithana jinka dham hai,
    ahinsha jinka nara hai,
    aise thri shla nandan ko
    lakh pranam hamara hai
  • Tu karta woh he jo tu chahta hai
    Par hota he woh jo me chahta hu
    Tu woh kar jo me chahta hu
    Fir wo hoga jo tu chahta ha
    Happy Mahavir Jayanti
  • Arihant ki boli
    siddhon ka saar
    Acharyon ka path
    sadhuo ka sath
    Ahinsa ka prachar
    Yahi Mahavir ka saar!
  • Inse sikho
    Seva=Shravan se
    Mitrata=krishan se
    Maryada=Ram se
    Daan=Karan se
    Lakshay=Eklavya se
    Ahinsa=Buddha se
    Tapasya=Mahavir se
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