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'India not just oldest living civilisation but a safe haven for humanity,' says PM Modi at Bharat Mandapam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Lord Mahavir on his birth anniversary, Mahavir Jayanti. Several other leaders like President Murmu and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended wishes on the auspicious occasion.

Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Updated on: April 21, 2024 19:09 IST
PM Modi at the Bharat Mandapam
Image Source : ANI PM Modi at the Bharat Mandapam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (April 21) inaugurated the 2,550th 'Bhagwan Mahavir Nirvan Mahotsav' at the Bharat Mandapam in the national capital on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. PM Modi said that India thinks about others before thinking about itself while addressing the gathering on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. Several prominent saints from the Jain community graced the occasion and blessed the congregation while PM Modi also released a commemorative stamp and addressed the gathering.

Addressing the public at the Bharat Mandapam, he said, "India is not only the oldest living civilization in the world but also a safe haven for humanity. It is India which thinks not for itself but for the whole...'Ye Bharat he hain jo aham nahi vayam ki sochta hain'...It is India that talks about policy and destiny."

He said, "I extend my wishes to the people of the country on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. To be part of such a program during the hustle and bustle of elections is comforting." He further said, "Bharat Mandapam today witnesses the beginning of the 2550th Mahotsav of Lord Mahavira."

Bhagwan Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankar, illuminated the path of peaceful co-existence and universal brotherhood through Jain principles like Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (chastity) and Aparigraha (non-attachment).

Jains celebrate five Kalyanak's (major events) of every Tirthankar, including Lord Mahavir: Chyavana/Garbha (Conception) Kalyanak, Janma (Birth) Kalyanak, Diksha (Renunciation) Kalyanak, Kevaljnana (Omniscience) Kalyanak, and Nirvana (Liberation/Ultimate Salvation) Kalyanak.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Lord Mahavir on Mahavir Jayanti. Taking to X, he wrote, " My best wishes to all the family members of the country on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. Lord Mahavir's messages of peace, restraint and goodwill are an inspiration for the country in building a developed India."

Earlier, President Droupadi Murmu in her message on the eve of Mahavir Jayanti urged everyone to spread love and harmony in the society and work with dedication for the development of the nation.

"On the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, I extend warm greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens, especially to the Jain community. Mahavir Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir – the epitome of non-violence and compassion," President Murmu said in her message.

"This festival gives us the message of love and peace. Lord Mahavir showed the path of non-violence, celibacy, truth, and renunciation for creating an ideal and civilised society. His teachings will always remain relevant for the welfare of mankind," she added.

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