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Jains celebrate Mahaveer Jayanti

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Significant Day:Mahaveer Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of the last Jain Tirthankara, born in 599 BC.— Photo: Venkata Susmita Biswas
Significant Day:Mahaveer Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of the last Jain Tirthankara, born in 599 BC.— Photo: Venkata Susmita Biswas

Mahaveer Jayanti, which marks the birth anniversary of the last Jain Tirthankara, was celebrated by thousands of members of the Jain community here on Tuesday.

A large convention, held at Freedom Park, flagged off by Police Commissioner Raghavendra H. Auradkar, who greeted the audience.

It started with a procession with 25 large tableaus depicting the principles of Jainism. The occasion saw several religious rituals being performed.

Sajjan Raj Mehta, one of the organisers of the event, said that the aim was to spread the message of Mahaveera and also delve into why those principles are still relevant in the 21st Century.

Free health and blood donation camps were held at the venue.

Another event was held near Wilson Gardens, organised by the Khandelwal Digamber Jain Samaj. The event included a large grand rally in which thousands participated. The procession had troupes performing dances in their traditional attire.

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