This festival is celebrated on Vaishakha Sud 3. ( The third day of the month of Vaishakha) The first Tirthankar-Rushabha Dev got Charitra i.e. left the worldly pleasures after 83 Lakha Purva years of home-life. It is said that Karma has no effect of any brave people or even of Indra, Narendra, Munindra or Jitendra- All Mighty. Rushabha Dev Parmatma went to many houses to get the proper food (Gochari) for him, but no one could understand his desire of food. The people were ready to give elephants, horses, jwellery or even brides to him.
THE KARTAKI PURNIMA (15TH DAY OF KARTIK)
It is the 15th day of the first month- Kartik in the Gujarati calander. After the four months of rainy season (Chaturmas), the pilgrimage of Shatrunjaya reapons. It is said that the meaning of the Shatrunjaya is winning over enemies.
Chaumasi Chaudas is one of the most important festivals for Jains. Stemming from the teachings and philosophy of Lord Mahavir and the pathfinders of the religion, this festival is the manifestation of the principle of Ahimsa or non-violence and charity
Diwali lights the temple of heart; it opens the sky of inner heart. It is Diwali which soaks every living beings with love. This festival has been celebrated for quite a long time. But why do we celebrate it? It is the day of Nirvana Kalyanaka of Lord Mahavir. Gautam Swami, the chief Ganadhar, had done the true worship of Lord Mahavir. He got the Omniscience- the ultimate knowledge after the Nirvana of Lord Mahavir. In the absence of Mahavir Swami, he lamented so much that his soul became free from all the bondages of Karmas.
Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwarah
Gurur Sakshat Parabrahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namah
The world of today is influenced, wrongly by the false knowledge, So the Samyak Gyan is necessary.
Gyan is the light of the inner soul. It is a natural light. It is also a bright flame of life. We can't see anything without its light. We can't know even the difference between true and false Gyan is called the second sun and third Eye. So the worship of Gyan Panchami should be done.
Every Parva is celebrated with some special rules and principles. The rites ofpo worship and activities have some special kind of importance.
This is a festival of celebrating Kalyanakas of Tirthankar Parmatmas and destroying the knowledge covering Karmas. Jain Saints have said:
On this day, the first Tirthankar of the present era, Rushabha Dev got Nirvana on the Ashtapad mountain. So it is the day of his Nirvan Kalyanaka.
When we remember great men, we surely remember Shripal and Mayana. Their worship is famous. The worship of Nav Pad gives nine types of wealth and meditative peace to the soul. The Panch Parmesh - this are on the topmost position. Their worship removes worries and gives mental peace