INDIA FESTIVAL MAHAVIR JAYANTI
On this auspicious day, grand chariot processions with the images of Mahavira are organised. In the morning the idol of Mahavira is given a ceremonial bath called the 'abhishek'. It is then placed in a cradle and carried in a procession around the neighbourhood. Some sections of the community even participate in a grand procession. Each procession varies from each other but generally includes drummers, horses, elephants, singers and lamps. Depending on the region, the procession ends at a temple, shrine or large communal area. People pay visit to the sacred sites and worship the Tirthankars on this day. The devotees make offerings of milk, rice, fruit, incense, lamps and water to the tirthankar. Lectures are held to preach the path of virtue. People meditate and offer prayers. Donations are collected to save the cows from slaughter. Pilgrims from all parts of the country visit the ancient Jain Temples at Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat on this day.
The four kinds of donations recommended for every Jain on this day include:
The given eight items are used by jains to perform puja of a Tirthankara in the temple. Symbolically each item represents a specific religious significance and one should reflect on it while performing puja.
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