Bhagwan Mahavira

Bhagwan Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankar or Jina, was the exponent, rejuvenator and propagator of Jainism. He was born in the year 543 before Vikram era (599 B.C.). He epitomised the highest form of virtue and perfection. His life is a perennial source of light and inspiration to all. At the age of 30, He renounced the world and took a vow of asceticism. For the next twelve and a half years He spent in deep silence and meditation, performing severe penance and austerities. Inspite of all the life‑threatening calamities He kept perfect equanimity and finally attained complete enlightenment. After He attained Omniscience, for thirty years Bhagwan Mahavira preached the eternal truth. He founded the four‑folded order or Chaturvidh Sangh, namely monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen. Bhagwan Mahavira attained nirvan (liberation) at the age of 72. Jinas are those who have conquered all their passions and attained complete liberation from the cycles of birth and death. One who follows and worships the Jina is a Jain.

In this day and age, where suspicion and distrust are vitiating the atmosphere of international peace and brotherhood, where the world is filled with fear and hatred, the tenets of Jainism are like the oasis in the desert, an answer to a desperate need. It is a perfect blend of philosophy and practicality. Jainism is a way of life, proficient enough to elevate an ordinary individual to the greatest height of spiritual realisation.