Explanation on Festivals

Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. It is one of the most famous festivals of the Jain community.  On this day, the Jains visit the sacred temples and offer prayers.

Maha Shivaratri is the great night of Shiva, during which flowers of Shiva observe religious fasting and the offering of Bael (Bilva) leaves to Shiva.

Holi or Phagwah is a popular Spring Festival.  Holi commemorates the slaying of the demons Holika by Lord Vishnu’s devotee Prahalad.  Thus, the festival’s name is derived from the Sanskrit words “Holika Dahnam” which literally mean “Holika’s Slaying”.

Holi is popularly known as the ‘colour throwing festival’.  This festival is celebrated by the people all over the country.  Holi is a spring festival which is celebrated normally over two days in the month of March.  On the evening of the first day bonfires are lit, to symbolize the destruction of evil.  On the next day the people throw coloured powder and water on each other and exchange sweets.