In Jaipur, this time a tree-day festival of Mahavir Jayanti will be celebrated with great fervour and devotion marking a number of events from April 11 to 13 for which the preparation are underway, reported the local newspapers of Jaipur. The events will be coordinated by the Rajasthan Jain Sabha in Jaipur and other towns. The events of devotional singing, processions, discourses and Jain rituals like the ceremonial bath or abhisheka to the statues of Mahavira in various Jain temples will be organised.
In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday marked for revisiting the tenets of the religion and Lord Mahavira's preaching. Most Jain historians believe that Lord Mahavira was born on the thirteenth day of the rising moon of Chaitra in 599 BCE. It is also believed that when mother Trishala gave birth to Mahavira, the god-king Indra bathed the newborn with celestial milk to mark him as a Tirthankar.
During the three days of the festival, the Jains will engage in charitable acts like blood donation camps; feeding cows and the poor; meditate and offer prayers. Special devotional songs will be sung and discourses will be held in temples to preach the path of virtue as defined by Jain doctrine. In Jainism, soul is deemed directly responsible for all worldly actions and the universe goes on of its own accord. The emancipated soul is considered as God that is not concerned with the task of creation of this world. In other words, a person alone is responsible for all that is good or bad in his or her life. The human soul is in a position to attain perfection or an eternal state of being by striving for infinite perception, infinite knowledge, infinite power and infinite bliss. Moreover, Jainism maintains that a person is capable of attaining Nirvana or salvation from the cycles of birth and death by achieving perfection through the purity and control of senses and mind.