Mahavir Janma Kalyanak or Mahavir Jayanti is the most auspicious day for Jains.It celebrates the birth of Mahavir, the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara . The day is celebrated across the world by the Jain community in memory of the last spiritual teacher of Jainism.
Mahavir Jayanti History
He was born in 599 BC, at Kshatriyakund, Bihar, on the 13th day of the bright half of the moon, in the month of Chaitra. He was the 24th and the last Tirthankar (teaching god who preaches dharma).
He was born to King Siddartha and queen Trisala, Mahavir was named Vardhaman by his parents. He was born into a royal family, but royalty and the luxurious life did not please him. He was in constant search for inner peace and spirituality.
In his early years, Vardhaman developed a deep interest in the core beliefs of Jainism and started meditating. At the age of 30, he renounced the throne and his family to seek spiritual truth. He led a life of an ascetic and for more than twelve years he practised rigorous penance and profound austerity before attaining 'Kevala Jnana' or omniscience.