On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, PM Narendra Modi greets nation from his social media account. It is one of the most auspicious festivals for the Jain community; Mahavir Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism.
Lord Mahavira was born on the 13th day of waxing moon on the Chaitra month of Hindu calendar to King Siddhartha and Queen Trishala in Kundalagrama in Bihar. By the time he turned 30 years old, Lord Mahavira had renounced his crown and spent 12 years as an ascetic away from all worldly pleasures. He was also called Sage Vardhamana and preached non-violence (Ahimsa).
Jains believe that Jainism is an eternal (Sanatan) religion (Dharma) with the Tirthankaras guiding every cycle of the Jain cosmology. Parasparopagraho Jīvānām (the function of souls is to help one another) is the motto of Jainism, while Ṇamōkāra mantra is the most common and essential prayer in Jainism.