Act of giving to the needy bless people with Prosperity
Mahavir Swami is also a famous saint who is now worshiped as a god by his followers. Mahavir Jayanti is also called as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, which is known as the most important day for the Jains. It is the day on which Mahavir Swami was born.
According to the Jains, Mahavir was born on thirteenth day of bright half of the moon in the month of Chaitra and it is also believed that Mahavir was bathed by god king Indra with celestial milk. Hence, this particular ritual was known as Tirthankara.
He is also called as Vardhamana and was a great propagator of Jainism and reformer too. He encouraged non-violence (Ahimsa), truthfulness (Satya), Chastity (Bramacharya), simple living and non-stealing. There are a lot of preaches given by him which are noted in the holy books of Jainism.
On this particular day, people bring the idols of Mahavir Swami and perform a ceremonial traditional bath which is called as Abhisheka. Jain temples are observed completely packed with the devotees to seek the blessings of Lord Mahavira for wealth and prosperity and salvation. His devotees follow the principles and acts of Mahavira in one or other way.
The most important part of this festival is act of giving. The gift of giving can be of any type such as gyan daan which is called as the spread of knowledge, Abhay daan which is securing the good from evil minds, Ahaar daan which is the act of serving the hunger. There are a lot of Jain organization who organize various charity activities on this day. The Jains of both sects celebrate this day with great joy and devotion to their god. They recite various shlokas and perform puja at home and temples.