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Mahavir Jayanti Festival

7 Apr 2009 (annual)
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The Mahavir Jayanti Festival marks the birthday of Mahavira, founder of the modern Jain religion and the last in the galaxy of 24 Teerthankaras (Jain Prophets).
Celebrations take place at Jain Temples throughout India, although the event holds special significance in Gujarat and Rajasthan, as well as at the Parasnath temple in Calcutta and at Pawapuri in Bihar.

This major Jain festival commemorates the birthday of Vardhamana Mahavira, the 24th and last Jain Tirthankar; more than 2500 years ago. It is a day of prayer and worship, and celebrations take place in all Jain temples, while pilgrimages head to Jain shrines.

Vyakhan, or religious lectures, are given by munis (religious men) to remind their followers of their spiritual path.
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