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The Jain community celebrates the birth anniversary of the 24th and the last Tirthankar, Vardhman Mahavir, the founder of Jainism. On Mahavir Jayanti, Jain temples are decorated with flags. In the morning the idol of Mahavir is given a ceremonial bath called the abhishek. It is then placed in a cradle and carried in a procession around the neighbourhood. The devotees make offerings of milk, rice, fruit, incense, lamps and water to the Tirthankar. Pilgrims from all parts of the country visit the ancient Jain Temples at Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat on this day.

The birth anniversary of the 24th and the last Tirthankar of the Jains, Vardhman Mahavir, the founder of Jainism, is celebrated by the Jain community in March.  Born a prince in 599 BC, Mahavir renounced worldly life at the age of 30 and undertook austere penance until he achieved realisation.

He spread the message of salvation to the world and had many followers. Mahavir preached non-violence, prohibited any kind of killing and taught his followers to seek salvation through penance and abstinence. They are also advised to donate money, clothes and grain to the poor.

On Mahavir Jayanti, Jain temples are decorated with flags. The devotees will make offerings of milk, rice, fruit, incense, lamps and water to the Tirthankar.  Some sections of the community even participate in a grand procession. Lectures are held to preach the path of virtue. People meditate and offer prayers.  Donations are collected to save the cows from slaughter.

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