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Mahavir Jayanti (Festival) - Jain** (Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date, i.e.March 29, April 9th)

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 10th April

Mahavir Jayanti (Festival) - Jain** (Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.)

Jain festival honouring Lord Mahavira on the founder’s birthday.  Shrines are visited.  Teachings are reviewed and reflected upon. 

In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti, also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, is the most important religious holiday.  It celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (a person who has conquered samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth, and can provide a bridge for Jains to follow them from samsara to moksha [liberation]). 

Local statues of Mahavira are given a ceremonial bath called the abhisheka.  During the day, many Jains engage in some sort of charitable act in the name of Mahavira while others travel to temples to meditate and offer prayers.  Lectures are typically held in temples to preach the path of virtue as defined by Jain doctrine. 

Donations are collected in order to promote charitable missions like saving cows from slaughter or helping to feed poor people. 

Ancient Jain temples across India typically see an extremely high volume of practitioners come to pay their respects and join in the celebrations. 

Jain festival honouring Lord Mahavira on the founder’s birthday.  Shrines are visited.  Teachings are reviewed and reflected upon. 

In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti, also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, is the most important religious holiday.  It celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (a person who has conquered samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth, and can provide a bridge for Jains to follow them from samsara to moksha [liberation]). 

Local statues of Mahavira are given a ceremonial bath called the abhisheka.  During the day, many Jains engage in some sort of charitable act in the name of Mahavira while others travel to temples to meditate and offer prayers.  Lectures are typically held in temples to preach the path of virtue as defined by Jain doctrine. 

Donations are collected in order to promote charitable missions like saving cows from slaughter or helping to feed poor people. 

Ancient Jain temples across India typically see an extremely high volume of practitioners come to pay their respects and join in the celebrations. 

For more SEE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahavir_Jayanti  

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