Mahavira's images are mostly either in 'kayotsarga-
mudra' or in 'padmasana'. Besides his lion emblem and a slightly different modeling of head, the images of
Mahavira are largely identical to those of other Tirthankara. There are various Jain text describing life of Lord
Mahavira. Most notable of
them is Kalpasutra by Acharya Bhadrabahu I .
Lord Mahavira's metaphysics consist of three principles - Anekantavada, SyÄdvÄda, and Karma. Lord Mahavira preached that from eternity, every living being (soul) is in
bondage of karmic atoms accumulated by good or bad deeds. Under karma, the soul seeks temporary and illusory pleasure in materialistic possessions, which are
the deep rooted causes of self-centered violent thoughts, deeds, anger, hatred, greed, and other vices. These result in further accumulation of karmas.
To liberate one's self, Mahavira taught the necessity of right faith (samyak- darshana), right knowledge (samyak-jnana), and right conduct (samyak-charitra').
was the son of the king Siddartha and lived as a prince. At the age of thirty Mahavira renounced his kingdom
and family, gave up his worldly possessions, and spent twelve years as an ascetic. During these twelve years he spent most of his time meditating. He gave
utmost regard to other living beings, including humans, animals and plants, and avoided harming them. He had given up all worldly possessions including his
clothes, and lived an extremely austere life. His courage and braveness earned him the name Mahavira. At the end of twelve
years he achieved Keval Gyan and became a person of infinite harmony, knowledge and self-control.
Mahavira devoted the rest of his life to preaching the eternal truth of spiritual freedom to people around India. He traveled barefoot and without
clothes, in the hardest of climates, and people from all walks of life came to
listen to his message. Lord Mahavira's preaching and efforts spread Jain philosophy throughout India and
world. At the age of 72 years and 4.5 months, he attained Nirvana at Pawapuri.
This religious event is largely observed by the Jains, by visiting sacred sites and worshipping the
Teerthankaras and celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm by all Digambar Jains.
Processions are taken out, meetings are held and the message of
Mahavira is explained to all. Different Digambar Jain schools, organizations exhibits their Jhankis with band and music party.
Baghwan Mahavira Jayanti being celebrated this year on April
19 ,2016 in Kolkata mahanagar. The procession of Baghwan Mahavira Jayanti every year starts from Naya
M,andir, Bara Bazar.