Mahavir Jayanti in India in 2025

Mahavir Jayanti in India in 2025
  How long until Mahavir Jayanti?
Mahavir Jayanti
  Dates of Mahavir Jayanti in India
2025 Apr 10
BiharThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
ChandigarhThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
HaryanaThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
KarnatakaThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
MizoramThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
NagalandThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Apr 10Regional Holiday
2024 Apr 21
BiharSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
ChandigarhSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
DelhiSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
GujaratSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
HaryanaSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
JharkhandSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
MizoramSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
PunjabSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
West BengalSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
2023 Apr 4
ChandigarhTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
MizoramTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Apr 4Regional Holiday
2022 Apr 14
ChandigarhThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
HaryanaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
KarnatakaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MizoramThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
2021 Apr 25
BiharSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
ChandigarhSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
DelhiSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
GujaratSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
HaryanaSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
JharkhandSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
MizoramSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
NagalandSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
PunjabSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSun, Apr 25Regional Holiday

Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (24 great sages)

  Which regions observe Mahavir Jayanti in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt 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. Practised by over 3.5 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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