Mahavir Jayanti

                  India has produced many great saints and spiritual leaders. The days commemorating the birthdays or the incidents connected with the lives of these great sons of the soil, are considered especially holy. Both the Digambar (sky-clad) and the Shvetambar (white-clad) Jains observe the 13th day of the bright half of the Chaitra month (March-April) as birthday of Lord Mahavira. The birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira is celebrated by the entire Jain community, throughout the country, but it is celebrated with special charms in Rajasthan and Gujarat, where the Jains are relatively in greater number than in other states. Jain pilgrims from all over the country congregate at the ancient Jain shrines at Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat and at Mahavirji in Rajasthan. It is also celebrated at Pawapuri and Vaishali in Bihar . Vaishali is being Mahavirji's birth place, a grand festival is held there, and it is known as Vaishali Mahotsava.
                  On this auspicious day grand chariot processions with the images of Mahavira are taken out, rich ceremonies are held in the temples, fasts and charities are observed, Jain scriptures are read, and at some places are set up.