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Jaipur to celebrate week-long Mahavira Jayanti festival
The preparations for Mahavira Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Mahavira of Jainism to be held on April 4 are in full swing. This year, Jaipur will witness week-long festivities starting from March 30 with an active participation of various Jain organisations.
The week-long fair called Lakhi Mela will be held at Atishaya Kshetra near Narayan Singh Circle in the city. A number of events like prabhat pheries, chariot processions, flag hosting, cultural evenings, special discourses, etc., will happen throughout the week.

The 24th and last Tirthankara of the Jains is considered to the main proponent of the Jainism and his birth anniversary is celebrated at a grand scale in Jaipur every year.

It has been planned that besides a Shobha Yatra, in all the Jain temples dedicated to Bhagwan Mahavira, the rituals of idol bath or abhisheka and prayers will be held. The Jain temples are being decorated for the big event.

"Considered to the founder of Jainism in India, Bhagwan Vardhaman Mahavira was born on the thirteenth day of the rising moon of Chaitra to King Siddartha and Queen Trisala in Vaishali town near Patna city. In the prime of his youth, he renounced the throne and his family to spend many years as an ascetic enduring penance to control his mind and senses to earn the title of Mahavira. When he gained enlightenment, he devoted the rest of his life preaching the precept of non-violence, virtuous life and truth of liberation of Nirvana," told Ayushi Jain (20) who has written few essays on Lord Mahavira during her school days.

These days, religious chariot processions are carried out in which several thousand followers participate. "Of late, all religions have started celebrating their important days with great pomp and show by taking the services of professional event managers. This has generated a lot of business around the festivals. Religious processions or shobha yatras with all the paraphernalia are now accomplished by the event management market," said an MBA graduate, who has an event management company in Jaipur.

Some prominent Jain Munis have arrived in the city to preach the path of virtue as defined by Jain doctrine. Donations are being collected to promote charitable missions like serving and saving cows as well as to feed poor people on Mahavira Jayanti.

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