Mahavir Jayanti in India in 2020

Mahavir Jayanti in India in 2020
  How long until Mahavir Jayanti?
This holiday next takes place in 8 days.
  Dates of Mahavir Jayanti in India
2022 Apr 14
BiharThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
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
PunjabThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, 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
2020 Apr 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
MizoramMon, 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
2019 Apr 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
2018 Mar 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
  Summary
Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (24 great sages)
  Which regions observe Mahavir Jayanti in 2020?
  BiharApr 6Regional Holiday
  ChandigarhApr 6Regional Holiday
  ChhattisgarhApr 6Regional Holiday
  DelhiApr 6Regional Holiday
  GujaratApr 6Regional Holiday
  HaryanaApr 6Regional Holiday
  JharkhandApr 6Regional Holiday
  KarnatakaApr 6Regional Holiday
  Madhya PradeshApr 6Regional Holiday
  MaharashtraApr 6Regional Holiday
  MizoramApr 6Regional Holiday
  PunjabApr 6Regional Holiday
  RajasthanApr 6Regional Holiday
  Tamil NaduApr 6Regional Holiday
  Uttar PradeshApr 6Regional Holiday
  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. 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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