Mahavir (Bardhmaan) Jayanti Celebrated At Bardhmaan (West Bengal)

Published: 14.05.2009
Updated: 29.11.2012

Bardhmaan,7th April, 2009

2608th birth anniversary of Lord Mahāvīra (Bardhmaan) was celebrated at Bardhmaan city of West Bengal province of India. Bardhmaan is a historical place where Lord Mahāvīra as an ascetic has come in his lifetime.

The programme started since early morning. The Non-violence awareness march was organized in the morning spreading the teachings of Lord Mahāvīra. All the participants including the children of Gyanshala were overwhelmed and participated with great enthusiasm.

The main programme began in the afternoon, with the arrival of hundreds of devotees, lay followers from Greater Kolkata, Durgapur, Asansol and other nearby areas.

Members of Durgapur Mahila Mondal began with chorus song –“arhata ke shikhar Sri Mahavirji”

Sri. Chhatter Singh Daga, women from Durgapur Mahila Mandal, Smt. Smita Bhutoria expressed their views praising Lord Mahāvīra.

Sri. Charanroop Chindalia (Chief Trustee of Mahasabha) said that to live Mahavir is to follow the path shown by him.

Sri. Binod Kumar Choraria (General Secretary of Mahasabha) said –“Lord Mahāvīra was an ocean of compassion, and mercy. He was kind for every creature.”

Sadhvi Madhulata ji compared the programme, She said-“ Today is the birthday of the whole Humanity. Lord Mahavira lived his life for the humanity as a whole. He has given the message for each and every living creature. Mahāvīra reflected rays of compassion for all creatures of the universe.”

Sadhvi Madhulekha ji by way of verse expressed that Lord Mahāvīra had given message of freedom for all.

Today Sadhvi Veenakumari ji completed 37 years of her monkhood. Everybody wished her spiritual progress in life.

Sri Narendra Kumar Manot, secretary of the Kolkata Terapanthi Sabha welcomed Sadhvi Kanak Shri ji at Bardhmaan. Her group reached Bardhman after a long on foot journey of about 5 months from Delhi. From Allahabad onwards the arrangements of the journey were being nicely looked after by Kolkata Terapanthi Sabha under the direction of president Sri Karan Singh Nahata. Sri Mahal Chand Bhansali, former president and Present trustee of Kokata Sabha is the convenor of the jouney. Sadhvishri Kanakshriji and her group of nuns has undertaken vigorous task of on foot journey spreading the message and teachings of Lord Mahavira and the Terapanth Sect of jains all through the route undertaken by her particularly to the masses residing in rural India. They had a seven days stay at pious jain mountain place of Shikharji, spreading spiritual colours. Enroute at Benaras Maryada Mahotsav was celebrated with a stay of 7 days. At Durgapur also there was a stay of 3 days wherein various spiritual programmes were undertaken. Sri Manot said -“we are eagerly waiting for Sadhvisriji to reach Mahasabha Bhawan at Kolkata after a long span of about 50 years.”

Sadhvi Kanakshriji addressing the large gathering of lay followers said “Today we are remembering Lord Bardhman (Mahāvīra) in Bardhman. We are listening to his teachings and taking vow to move on the path shown by him. In the present day context the significance of Lord Mahāvīra has increased, when the whole world is affected by terrorism, violence, etc. The Principles of Non-violence, compassion for every creature of the universe, equanimity, are the pillars strengthening the stage for peaceful co-existence of everyone thereby providing solution to the hot problem. If we cannot follow the path of Mahāvīra or if Mahāvīra cannot move with us then there is no utility of celebrating the Mahāvīra jayanti. The birthday of tirthankar is celebrated, as it provides mental, physical and emotional health and removes the sickness of the mankind. Presently the politicians are playing principle less politics. They forget the Nation. When Lord Mahāvīra came to this earth 2608 years ago, there were many ill traditions prevailing in the society. He tried to remove them one by one. He gave the message of peace and non-possessiveness. He fought against the caste system, he was the first to fight against slave system and encouraged the women folk to come forward and have equal rights and justice. The basic feature of Lord Mahāvīra's Sadhana was equanimity. He perceived that the root cause of all sorrow is man's own actions, which are due to the influence of attachment and aversion (Rāga-Dveśa). Equanimity can be achieved only by remaining aloof from Rāga-Dveśa. From the Mahāvīra Jayanti we must encourage ourselves to follow the path of non violence, equality, (Anekantwad) have multifarious angles for perceiving a thing so that disputes are avoided, if one follows these principles given by Lord Mahāvīra there shall be no problem of tension and one can reach the state of equanimity“.

Sadhvi Kanakshriji further said “We should find out the root causes of sorrow and unrest and must try to remove them by root. We can get rid of them if we follow the path of meditation, correct breathing, time management to avoid skirmish in the present day’s blind race. Every body must set priorities for life and should move accordingly. Capitalism, terrorism, castism, regionalism, linguistic separations etc are the entire root causes of the present day problem. These should be eliminated by root. On this auspicious day we should not simply celebrate, but should take vow to live our life in the Mahavira way. Acharya Mahapragya ji always lays stress in his discourse to understand Mahavir and his philosophy in holistic approach which can prove a boon in solving the current economic, environmental and ethical crisis of the world”.

At the end special guests were honoured by presenting literature as momento by the Bardhmaan Terapanthi Sabha.

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  1. 24. Tirthankara Mahavira
  2. Acharya
  3. Acharya Mahapragya
  4. Allahabad
  5. Asansol
  6. Bhawan
  7. Body
  8. Delhi
  9. Durgapur
  10. Equanimity
  11. Gyanshala
  12. Jayanti
  13. Kolkata
  14. Mahapragya
  15. Mahasabha
  16. Mahavir
  17. Mahila Mandal
  18. Mahāvīra
  19. Mandal
  20. Maryada
  21. Maryada Mahotsav
  22. Meditation
  23. Non violence
  24. Non-violence
  25. Sabha
  26. Sadhana
  27. Sadhvi
  28. Sadhvi Kanak Shri
  29. Sadhvi Madhulata
  30. Sadhvi Madhulekha
  31. Sadhvi Veenakumari
  32. Sadhvishri Kanakshriji
  33. Terapanth
  34. Terapanthi
  35. Tirthankar
  36. Violence
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