The Mahavir Jayanti Festival is set to take place in India at Jain temples this month.

Followers of the Jain religion will be heading to temples across India this month in order to celebrate the Mahavir Jayanti Festival.

Taking place across the country on April 5th, the event is held to commemorate the birth of Vardhamana Mahavir, the founder of the movement, which took place almost 2,500 years ago.

A day of special prayers and worship, the event will see the followers heading to the temples and shrines in order to offer their thanks and listen to religious lectures given to them by the munis, or religious men.

Devotees will dress up in colourful traditional costumes to attend the events, with some taking part in parades to mark the auspicious day.

Places where major celebrations are set to take place include Gujarat, Rajasthan and at Calcutta’s Parasnath Temple.

Jainism is a very peaceful religion, which teaches its followers that the path to bliss lies in living a life of harmlessness and renunciation.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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