Mahavir Jayanti in India in 2020

Mahavir Jayanti in India in 2020
  How long until Mahavir Jayanti?
This holiday next takes place in 294 days.
  Dates of Mahavir Jayanti in India
2020Apr 6
BiharMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
KarnatakaMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Apr 6Regional Holiday
2019Apr 17
BiharWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
ChandigarhWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
DelhiWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
GujaratWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
HaryanaWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
JharkhandWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
KarnatakaWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
MaharashtraWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
MizoramWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
NagalandWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
PunjabWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
RajasthanWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
UttarakhandWed, Apr 17Regional Holiday
2018Mar 29
BiharThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
HaryanaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
KarnatakaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
2017Apr 9
Andhra PradeshSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
BiharSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
DelhiSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
GoaSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
GujaratSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
HaryanaSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
JharkhandSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
MeghalayaSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
MizoramSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
NagalandSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
PunjabSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
2016Apr 19
Andhra PradeshTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
ManipurTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
MeghalayaTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Apr 19Regional Holiday
  Summary
Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (24 great sages)
  Which regions observe Mahavir Jayanti in 2020?
Bihar  BiharApr 6Regional Holiday
Chandigarh  ChandigarhApr 6Regional Holiday
Chhattisgarh  ChhattisgarhApr 6Regional Holiday
Delhi  DelhiApr 6Regional Holiday
Gujarat  GujaratApr 6Regional Holiday
Haryana  HaryanaApr 6Regional Holiday
Jharkhand  JharkhandApr 6Regional Holiday
Karnataka  KarnatakaApr 6Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh  Madhya PradeshApr 6Regional Holiday
Maharashtra  MaharashtraApr 6Regional Holiday
Punjab  PunjabApr 6Regional Holiday
Rajasthan  RajasthanApr 6Regional Holiday
Tamil Nadu  Tamil NaduApr 6Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh  Uttar PradeshApr 6Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand  UttarakhandApr 6Regional Holiday

When is Mahavir Jayanti?

Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday in Jainism.

This is a gazetted holiday which means that government offices and most businesses are closed.

History of Mahavir Jayanti

The holiday is celebrated on the 13th day of the waxing (rising) half of Hindu month of Caitra which usually occurs in either late March or early April in the Gregorian calendar.

Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, and the 24th and last Tirthankara (great sages).

Mahavira, known originally as Vardhamana, was born in either 599 BC or 615 BC. The Digambar school of Jainism say that Lord Mahavira was born in the year 615 BC, but the Swetambaras believe that He was born in 599 BC. However, both sects believe that Mahavira was the son of Siddhartha and Trisala.

According to the legend, Devananda, wife of a Brahmin named Rishabhdeva, conceived him, but the gods transferred the embryo to the womb of Trisala.

According to Swetambara sect the expectant mother was believed to have seen 14 auspicious dreams. (According to Digambara sect it was 16 dreams). Astrologers interpreted these dreams and predicted that the child would be either an emperor or a Teerthankar.

For over a decade, he was an ascetic, wandering about, begging for food, and wearing little. Then he found enlightenment, became a Tirthankara and taught for 30 years before his death.

The present-day ascetic religion of Jainism revers Mahavira as their key prophet. Practiced by over3.5 million people, Jainism . They follow a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Some may wear face masks to prevent the chance of inadvertently killing an insect while breathing in.

How is Mahavir Jayanti celebrated?

Mahavir Jayanti is a festival marked with prayers and fasting. The holiday is especially popular in the eastern state of Bihar, where Mahavira was born near the modern town of Patna. A large celebration is held at the Parasnatha temple, Calcutta.

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