Mahavir Jayanti 2022: In 2022, Mahavir Jayanti will be celebrated on April 14. The day is celebrated across the world by the Jain community in memory of the last spiritual teacher of Jainism.
Mahavir Jayanti is the most auspicious day for Jains. The day is celebrated across the world by the Jain community in memory of the last spiritual teacher of Jainism. It takes place in March or April, as per the Gregorian calendar. It also marks the 13th day of the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar. This year, it will be held on April 14.
Lord Mahavir practiced and promoted non-violence and preached the love and respect for all living beings. He was the 24th and the last Tirthankara a saviour and a spiritual teacher in Jainism. On these values, he later found a new religion Jainism. Jains steer clear of all non-vegetarian dishes and follow the path of non-violence or ahimsa. Mahavir Jayanti is a reminder of these virtues.
On this auspicious festival, a procession is carried out with the idol of Lord Mahavira called the Rath Yatra. Devotees also visit temples, worship Lord Mahavir read religious rhymes, seek his blessings for a healthy and prosperous life and indulge in the number of charity work in order to give back to society and just do good.
MAHAVIR JAYANTI 2022: HISTORY
Lord Mahavir is considered the founder of Jainism. He was born in 599 BC, at Kshatriyakund, Bihar, on the 13th day of the bright half of the moon, in the month of Chaitra. He was the 24th and the last Tirthankar (teaching god who preaches dharma).
He was born to King Siddartha and queen Trisala, Mahavir was named Vardhaman by his parents. He was born into a royal family, but royalty and the luxurious life did not please him. He was in constant search of inner peace and spirituality.
In his early years, Vardhaman developed a deep interest in the core beliefs of Jainism and started meditating. At the age of 30, he renounced the throne and his family to seek spiritual truth. He led a life of an ascetic and for more than twelve years he practiced rigorous penance and profound austerity before attaining ‘Kevala Jnana’ or omniscience.
PRINCIPLES OF LORD MAHAVIR:
According to Mahavira, to live a righteous life one should follow the following principles:
Nonviolence (Ahimsa) causing no harm to the living beings
Truthfulness (Satya) to speak the truth
Non-stealing (Asteya) not to possess things that do not belong to you
Chastity (Brahmacharya) not to indulge in sensual pleasures
Non-attachment (Aparigraha) not to get attached to material things.
His teachings are the main pillars of Jainism, also known as ‘Jain Agamas’.
MAHAVIR JAYANTI 2022: MOTIVATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
“Attachment and aversion are the root cause of karma, and karma originates from infatuation. Karma is the root cause of birth and death, and these are said to be the source of misery. None can escape the effect of their own past karma.” – Lord Mahavira”If you want to cultivate a habit, do it without any reservation, till it is firmly established. Until it is so confirmed, until it becomes a part of your character, let there be no exception, no relaxation of effort.” -Lord Mahavira
“Don’t accumulate if you do not need it. The excess of wealth in your hands is for the society, and you are the trustee for the same.” -Lord Mahavira
“Fight with yourself, why fight with external foes? He, who conquers himself through himself, will obtain happiness.” – Lord Mahavira
“In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” – Lord Mahavira
“Non Violence is the first religion and truth of humanity.”- Lord Mahavira
“All souls are alike; none is superior on inferior” -Lord Mahavira