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Mahavir Jayanti Jain Festival of Mahavira Jayanti & Life of Bhagwan Mahavir – All Your Questions Answered

This blog answers questions about Bhagwan Shri Mahavir Swami & the festival of Mahavir Jayanti

Who is Mahavir Swami?

Mahavira was the 24th & last Jain Tirthankara after the 23rd tirthankara Shri Parshvanatha Bhagwan.

Where was Mahavir Swami born? When was Mahavir born?

Mahavir was born in Bihar, India in a royal Jain family in 599 BC as prince Vardhaman.

How mahavira became a saint?

He left his royal worldly possessions at the age of 30 & became a monk for the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment.

Where & when Mahavira attained enlightenment?

Mahavira wandered for about 12 years, practiced focused meditation and lived like a monk, after which he attained Spiritual enlightenment (Kevala Jnana) at the age of 42 somewhere near the Jrimbhikagrama town situated at the banks of Rijupalika river.

What is Mahavir Jayanti? When is it celebrated? Why Mahavira Jayanti is celebrated?

Mahavir Jayanti also called as ‘Mahavir Janma Kalyanak’ is the birth anniversary of the Lord Mahavir. It is celebrated annually on the 13th day of Chaitra month as per Hindu calendar.

Where is Mahavir Jayanti celebrated? How is it celebrated? Who celebrates Mahavira Jayanti?

Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated by Jain community all over the world in memory of the 24th and last Tirthakara Lord Mahavir Swami. Jain devotees recite bhajans (songs to praise Bhagwan Mahavir), prayers and take out a procession called as Rath Yatra with the idol of Lord Mahavir.

How Lord Mahavira died? When do Jain celebrate Diwali?

Lord Mahavir passed away leaving behind his mortal body in 527 BC. It is on this day the Jains celebrate Diwali the Indian festival of lights.

Is mahavir jayanti a bank holiday, national public holiday, school holiday?

Mahavir Jayanti is a public holiday in India. So all the banks, schools and most businesses are also closed.

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