Mahavir Jayanti in India in 2022

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When is Mahavir Jayanti in 2022?

Mahavir Jayanti in 2022 is on the Thursday, 02nd of April (02/04/2022).

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the important and auspicious religious festivals in Jainism. It is celebrated as the birthday of Mahavir, the 24th and last Tirthankara (great sage) of Jainism. It generally falls in the Gregorian month of April or May every year. Mahavir was the son of King Siddhartha Kundagram (which is today's Kundalpur in Champaran district of Bihar) and Queen Trishala who was borm on the 13th day of waxing moon on the Chaitra month of Hindu calendar. There is a dilemma in his actual birth date, as according to the Swetambar Jains, he was born in 599 BC, whereas according to the Digambar school of Jainism, he was born in 615 BC.

Due to the increased prosperity in the kingdom at the time of his birth, Mahavir was named "Vardhamana" meaning "One who grows".

The holiday is much popular near the modern town of Patna in the state of Bihar, where Mahavir was born. Mahavir abandoned all worldly possessions when he was just 30 years of age and left home in pursuit of spiritual awakening and became an ascetic. Purification of soul was the supreme goal of his life. The word Jain is derived from the Hindi language word "Jina" means conqueror. The followers of Tirthankaras are aspired to conquer their inner enemies, therefore, they are called as Jains. Mahavira, who was the 24th and last Tirthankara (Jina) & his followers also came to be known as Jains.Jains describe Karma as particles that pollute the soul. According to them, in order to attain moksha, each soul must do its own effort to cleanse off these karma particles and purify it.

Mahavir Jayanti Day in India

In India, Mahavir Jayanti is a gazetted holiday. Government offices and most businesses remain closed this day. It is a day off in general and schools also remain closed on Mahavir Jayanti.

This day is celebrated with great amount of joy which is comprised of religious processions, prayers and teachings. Jain temples are decorated nicely and devotees visit temples to meditate and offer prayers. Rathyatra (Religious procession) is carried out, in which idol of Mahavir is carried out on a chariot) on Mahavir Jayanti. Statues of Mahavir are given a ceremonial anointment called the abhisheka.

List of Holidays in India in 2022

WednesdayJanuary 26 2022Republic Day
TuesdayMarch 01 2022Maha Shivaratri
FridayMarch 18 2022Holi
ThursdayApril 14 2022Mahavir Jayanti
FridayApril 15 2022Good Friday
TuesdayMay 03 2022Eid-ul-fitar
MondayMay 16 2022Buddha Purnima
SundayJuly 10 2022Eid-ul-adha
MondayAugust 08 2022Muharram
MondayAugust 15 2022Independence Day
FridayAugust 19 2022Janmashtami
SundayOctober 02 2022Gandhi Jayanti
WednesdayOctober 05 2022Dussehra
SundayOctober 09 2022Id-e-milad
MondayOctober 24 2022Diwali
TuesdayNovember 08 2022Guru Nanak Jayanti
SundayDecember 25 2022Christmas