Jains, Hindus in Patna Observe Mahavir Jayanti with Gaiety

Women of Jain faith present a dance to promote environment protection.

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Patna: Hundreds of devotees in Patna on Tuesday took part in the Shobha Yatra to mark the birth of Lord Mahavir, the deity of the Jain and Hindu communities.

Shobha Yatra in Patna to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir.The procession consisting of more than 500 devotees and a chariot with the image of Lord Mahavir began at the Congress Maidan in Kadam Kuan and culminated at the Jain Temple in Mithapur covering the distance in about four hours.

Chanting hymns and prayers, men, women, and children pulled the chariot through various streets of the state capital to spread the message of a violence-free life as preached by Lord Mahavir, the 24th and last Jain Tirthankara born in Vaishali near Patna in 599BC. He died in Pawapuri, not too far from Patna, in 527BC.

The theme of this year's Shobha Yatra was environment as over a dozen women, dressed in green clothing, presented folk dance to spread the message of protecting the environment and vegetarianism.

On the occasion, Jain Association President Shanti Lal Jain thanked the Nitish government for declaring the day slaughter-free in honor of Lord Mahavir.

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