Happy Mahaveer Jayanti
They are also advised to donate money, clothes and grain to the poor.
The Jains are divided into many sects of whom the main ones areDigambaras and Shvetambaras with the latter again divided intoDeravasis and Sthanakvasis.
It is then placed in cradle and carried in a procession around theneighbourhood. The devotees will make offerings of milk, rice, fruit,incense, lamps and water to the tirthankar. Some sections of thecommunity even participate in a grand procession. Lectures are held to preach the path of virtue. People meditate and offer prayers.
Donations are collected to save the cows from slaughter. Pilgrims from all parts of the country visit the ancient Jain Temples at Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat on this day.