Mythic Holiday:
Mahavir Jayanti
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Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, also known as Mahavir Jayanti, is the auspicious celebration of the day when Trishla Mata gave birth to Lord Mahavir, over 2600 years ago.We celebrate it on the thirteenth day of the bright half of the Indian month Chaitra. It’s rather like Christmas for Jains in that both Mahavir Jayanti and Christmas celebrate the birth of people that have inspired many spiritually.

Mahavir Janma Kalayank is a celebration of the life of Mahavir Bhagwan, who is our teacher, a guru in his time. He is a Tirthankar, showing us the path to liberation from the cycle of Life and Death and how to “walk” on this path, to find the hero within ourselves, to attain Self-Realisation and eventually to attain Moksha – Abundant, Infinite, Eternal, BLISS.
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Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, also known as Mahavir Jayanti, is the auspicious celebration of the day when Trishla Mata gave birth to Lord Mahavir, over 2600 years ago.We celebrate it on the thirteenth day of the bright half of the Indian month Chaitra. It’s rather like Christmas for Jains in that both Mahavir Jayanti and Christmas celebrate the birth of people that have inspired many spiritually.

Mahavir Janma Kalayank is a celebration of the life of Mahavir Bhagwan, who is our teacher, a guru in his time. He is a Tirthankar, showing us the path to liberation from the cycle of Life and Death and how to “walk” on this path, to find the hero within ourselves, to attain Self-Realisation and eventually to attain Moksha – Abundant, Infinite, Eternal, BLISS.
Mahavira,also known as Vardhaman,was twenty-fourth and last Jain Tirthankar. Mahavira was born to king Siddharth and queen Trishala on thirteenth day of rising moon of chaitra month. There are many variations in the birth place of Lord Mahavir;some says it was Kundigram,some says Lachhuar, some says Kundalpur,Nalanda. However exact birth place is unidentified. His childhood name was Vardhaman means ever increasing. When Vardhaman was in his mother’s womb, wealth, prosperity, peace, harmony started increasing tremendously so his name was kept Vardhaman. He later came to be known as Mahavir. Following his parents instructions, he married princess Yashoda and the couple had a daughter, Priyadarshana and son-in-law Jamali. Nandivardhan was his elder brother.
The Directors of the Institute of Jainolgy and the Executive Officers of all the member organisations of OneJAIN extend their greetings all Jains worldwide their best wishes on this auspicious day.

Contemplating on teachings of Bhagwan Mahavir even for one day – today, will cast a bright light of joy and bliss on you. The three basic fundamentals Bhagwan taught us were:

Ahimsa: Love for all living beings – violence towards none
All Life is interdependent – have respect for all
Anekantvad: Everyone has a right to hold a view
On this auspicious day,  a message has been received from the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, the Prime Minister
Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most important festivals in Jainism, and it celebrates the birth anniversary of the 24th Tirthankara Mahavir, who played a significant role in preaching Jainism. This year, Mahavir Jayanti shall take place on April 6. This day is also known as the Birth Anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, and also as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak.
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). Most modern historians consider Kundagram (which is today's Kundalpur in Champaran district of Bihar) as his birthplace. Mahavir was born in a democratic kingdom (Ganarajya), Vajji, where the king was chosen by votes. Vaishali was its capital.
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