Mahavir Jayanti 2016: All About the Festival and the Significance of a Satvik Meal
One of the most signi cant days for Jains, Mahavir Jayanti is observed with much enthusiasm all across the world. The day celebrates the birth anniversary of the last Jain tirthankara (holy propagator) – Mahavir. Mahavir Jayanti falls on the 13th day of the Chaitra month every year. It spans between the months of April and May as per the Gregorian calendar. This Mahavir Jayanti 2016, let’s delve deeper into the festival and the importance of food in Jainism. Jainism depends heavily on the teachings of the 24 tirthankaras.
These propagators preached a way of lifestyle that is free from any worldly attachments. Non-violence (ahimsa) is one of the most important and primary tenets of Jainism where it preaches not to af䀀ict harm o injury to another living being – human, animal or insects. In Jainism, every living entity – including millions of invisible micro-organisms – holds importance.
Those who follow strict Jainism, have their mouths covered all the time so as to avoid inhaling and therefore killing those invisible micro-organisms.