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.
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.
|Wednesday||January 26 2022||Republic Day|
|Tuesday||March 01 2022||Maha Shivaratri|
|Friday||March 18 2022||Holi|
|Thursday||April 14 2022||Mahavir Jayanti|
|Friday||April 15 2022||Good Friday|
|Tuesday||May 03 2022||Eid-ul-fitar|
|Monday||May 16 2022||Buddha Purnima|
|Sunday||July 10 2022||Eid-ul-adha|
|Monday||August 08 2022||Muharram|
|Monday||August 15 2022||Independence Day|
|Friday||August 19 2022||Janmashtami|
|Sunday||October 02 2022||Gandhi Jayanti|
|Wednesday||October 05 2022||Dussehra|
|Sunday||October 09 2022||Id-e-milad|
|Monday||October 24 2022||Diwali|
|Tuesday||November 08 2022||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
|Sunday||December 25 2022||Christmas|