On the Gregorian calendar, Mahavir Jayanti typically falls in March or April in the year 2022. Chaitra month of the Jain calendar marks the 13th’sud’ day on this date.
Lord Mahavir, the 24th and final Tirthankara, was an important figure in the spread of Jainism. Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated in India on the 2022 date. A day after Easter, Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated in India.
Why Mahavir Jayanti is so Important
It is said that Lord Mahavir was the son of King Siddhartha and Queen Trishala, in accordance with the Digambar and Swetambara Jain schools of thought. It is believed that he was born in a place called “Ahalya bhumi” that had not been ploughed for hundreds of years on the 13th day of Chaitra in 599 BCE or 615 BCE.
Lord Mahavir is said to have given up all of his worldly possessions at the age of 30 in order to pursue enlightenment. In order to attain “Kevala Jnana,” or omniscience, he had to practice intense meditation and austerity for 12 years. Gautam Buddha is thought to have been his contemporary.
Ahimsa or non-violence, satya or truth, asteya or non-stealing, brahmacharya or chastity, and aparigraha or non-attachment are the vows of Lord Mahavir. Indrabhuti Gautama, Gautama’s chief disciple, compiled his teachings into the Jain Agamas.
According to the Gregorian calendar, Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated around the end of March or the beginning of April. This is the 13th’sud’ day of the Jain calendar month of Chaitra. The idol of Lord Mahavir is pulled by a chariot in a procession on this auspicious day. On the way, people recite religious rhymes. Abhisheka, the ritualistic anointing of Lord Mahavir idols, is also performed.
The day is marked by charitable deeds, prayers, and vrat, or fasting, among other things. Pilgrims spend time in prayer and meditation in sacred buildings. Ahimsa is also preached at rallies by followers of Lord Mahavir.