Mahavir Jayanti, also known as Mahavir Jayanti Kalyanak is on March 29, 2018, and it is the most important Jain festival. It celebrates the birth of Saint Mahavir in Vaishali city in Bihar. The importance of the festival owes to the fact that Saint Mahavir was the founder of Jainism (ancient Indian religion). It is a peaceful religion or way of life that cherishes simplicity. Their core values are such that they do not believe in killing even an insect.Also Read - Trending News Today May 09, 2020: 'Made by Jains on Orders, no Muslim Staffs': Chennai Bakery Draws Flak For Its Islamophobic Poster
Mahavir was born in 599 BC in Kshatriyakund, Bihar and was the 24th and last Tirthankar. Mahavir was born to King Siddartha and Queen Trisala and was named Vardhaman. In his early life, he lived the life of a Royal Prince. Later, he developed an interest in Jainism and started meditating. Mahavir later renounced his throne at the age of 30 to seek spirituality and spent 12 years as a monk. His actions earned him the title Mahavir. Mahavir taught his followers the path of non-violence and explained the concept of salvation. He made his life an example for others to follow. Also Read: Mahavir Jayanti 2018: Date, History, Celebration And Significance Of the Jain Festival Also Read - Share Market Holidays in April 2020: Here's The Complete List of Days Stock Market will Remain Closed
There are dominantly four types of Jains: Digambars, Svetambaras, Deravasis and Sthanakvasis. The worship rituals of Jains are not very elaborate or striking as their leader Mahavir was against idol worship in its ideal sense. Out of the four sects, only Deravasis go to temples, while the others regard their ideal faith to be purest when internalised. They chant slogans and also conduct ceremonial bath. The community also donates food and clothes to people. Monks and nuns hold preaching at temples by explaining virtue according to Jainism. Also Read - Mahavir Jayanti 2020: Best Quotes, SMS, WhatsApp Messages, Facebook Wishes To Send Happy Mahavir Jayanti Greetings!