Jains Festivals, Festivals of Jains Religion

Jain religion is known as Jaina dharma. It is one of the oldest religions of the world. It shows a path of peacefulness to all living beings. Jainism is an Indian religion. Jain tradition and festivals play an important part in Jainism. The Jain Festivals are related to life events of Tirthankara. The Jain Festivals are characterized by refusal, study of scriptures, duplication of holy hymns and thought. The Jains celebrate several festivals all round the year. The festivals are connected with the births and deaths of the Tirthankaras.

Paryushan Mahaparva- King of all Festival

The Paryushan parva is the most important festival among the Jain festivals. It is celebrated during every Chaturmas

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beginning on the twelfth day of the fortnight. On these eight days the complete Jain Society becomes helpful in an atmosphere of passion and felicity. All Jain perform Atthai Tap, fasting for eight days at a time. The men and women and children keep vrat for eight days. On this Paryushan parva the holy voice of the religious preceptors explain the 1250 fundamental Sutras. Seven days are days of achievement and the eighth day is one of performance.

Paryushan Mahaparva begins on 10th September, 2013

Mahavir Jayanti- the birthday of Mahavir

The birthday of Shraman Bhagwan the last Tirthankar is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the fortnight in the month of Chaitra. On this occasion a splendid chariot parade is held. The Jain people worship community, worship of the Lord, discussions, discourses, seminars and devotional and spiritual activities are organized.

An outstanding celebration takes place at Kshatriy Kund in Bihar because Bhagwan Mahavir was born there. Mahavir is also known as Vardhamana, is the last one in the galaxy of Twenty-four Jain Prophets. The Jain community celebrates the birth anniversary of the 24th last Tirthankara. Mahavir renounced experienced life at the age of 30.  Lord Mahavir is one of the greatest prophets of peace and social reformation. Mahavir was a born a religious couple. The Jain people celebrate Mahavir Jayanti every year.

Diwali – Deep Diwali

Diwali is celebrated on the new-moon day of Kartik. These three days are celebrated with Paushadh, fasting, special replication of holy hymns, and thought. People should fast on the 14th day and listen to the Uttaradhyayan Sutra which contains the final message of Lord Mahavir. For Jains, Diwali marks the achievement of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira.

The whole of the night of Diwali should be spent in the presentation of holy hymns and in meditation on Shraman Bhagwan Mahavir. In the early morning of the first day of the new year, Ganadhar Gautama Swami was the first disciple of Lord Mahavir attained complete explanation The Jains begin the new year with a adoration of Lord Gautama Swami and listen with devotion to the nine Stories holy hymns and with listening to the favorable Rasa of Gautama Swami from their Guru Maharaja.

Diwali will be celebrated on 2nd November, 2013.

Mahamasthaka Abhisheka- Important Festival

The Mahamasthaka Abhisheka is an important Jain festival celebrated every twelve years in Shravanbelagola in Karnataka. In this festival a huge 18 meter high statue of Siddha Bahubali is worship on this day. The day ceremony began with prayer. Jain monks carry holy water from the Digambar Jain to the venue where ceremony is held.

The people bath the statue with water, coconut, sugar cane juice, herbs, milk, haldi, precious stone and 52 varieties of

flowers found around the world. This festival comes once in 12 years. On Bahabali statue, the devotees poured 1000 liters of milk; 250 kilograms of haldi and the statue keep changing the color. The rite of the fearful bath is an important place in Buddhist and Jain.

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