Mahaveer janma kalyanak also known as mahaveer jayanti, is one of the important religious festival for jains. According to jain texts, mahaveer was born on the 13 th day of the bright half of the moon in the month of Chaitra in the year 599BCE. Mahaveer was born into ikshvaku dynasty as the son of king SIDDHARTHA OF KUNDAGRAMA and queen TRISHALA.
During her pregnancy TRISHALA was believed to have had a number of auspicious dreams.Mahaveer was named ‘vardhamana’ which means ‘one who grows’ because of the increased prosperity in the kingdom at the time of his birth.
The idol of mahaveer is carried out on a chariot,in a procession called rath yatra. Statues of mahaveer are given a ceremonial anointment called the abhishekha.
During this auspicious day devotees visit temples and offer prayers as well as charitable acts are performed for peace.Special parades are carried out by the devotee,showcasing a montage on the life of MAHAVEER.Donations are collected to promote charitable missions.The gift can be of any form i.e. GYAN DAAN,ABHAY DAAN AUSHAD DAAN OR AHAAR DAAN.
Easter is one of the important celebrations of the Christians around the world. It starts with a ‘Lent’ (fasting) season for 50 days. The last week of the lent is known as Passion Week. It starts with Palm Sunday and follows Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, observing Last Supper. This follows Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified. It commemorates Jesus’ Crucification and burial. Saturday is the last day of lent. Easter Sunday is celebrated as the day Jesus rose from the dead. It symbolizes rebirth and is viewed as victory over death.
Many local churches have Holy Week services. My local parish (Syracuse St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 3209 Howlette Hill Rd., Camillus, NY 13031) has services on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday and has a prayer schedule for the entire week.
Mr Josph Kappil, Syracuse NY
An answer to this fundamental question is a prerequisite to answering the other big question of life. These days all of you are engaged in running your mouse, doing your business, multiplying your money, buying houses, clothes, cars, and gold. Whatever you are doing and when you are told about God, religion, life, and morality, you say you never get time for that. Now how shall we know that there is a God or a creator? God is all the cause of all the beings. An atheist should believe that the universe came from nothing and by nothing but surely that doesn’t make sense! Out of Nothing, Nothing comes so where did the universe come from? why this universe exits instead of just nothing? There must have been a cause which brought the universe into being. We can summarize our argument as far as follows –
- Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
- The universe began to exit.
- Therefore, the universe has a cause.
So this cause should be beyond space and time, eternal self – exiting necessary being. God is also known for signs. In the creation of the heaven and earth and the alternation of the night and the day and even the ships which sail the seas to people’s benefit and the water which God sends down from the sky. By which he brings the earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind and the varying direction of the winds. The clouds subservient between the earth and heaven. There are signs for people who use their Intellect. There are uniform laws in Nature which indicate that nothing comes by coincidence. Everything in this world is created Precisely and beside the perfect creation, there is a perfect sustaining system for each and everything. They remain in a beautiful order rather collapsing. There are many miracles happening in everyone’s life. Science has no explanation of where does life come from or what causes the living body to die, They have no reason for dying of the people. If someone’s heart has stopped working replace it, bring him back to life, You cannot control the people’s lives? You even don’t know the reason for life or death. The reason according to me of life and death is only God. When there is no God, there would be no purpose in life. The sun is there to produce energy and light. The trees are there to produce oxygen and Fruits. The animals are there to produce foods and clothes. The question here is that who set these purposes? Who told them to do this and that? For a rational kind, everything has a purpose and there is the creator who set this purpose. The only one who would really be able to answer that question would be the creator himself.
Do people think about God in their lives? Some would be yes all the time, or in the time of the need, and rest of people would say No, that they don’t believe in him, or too busy to think about it. God is our creator, We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hands. If God made us .. he knows what ’s best for us! God gives us wisdom, If God is for us, who can be against us? It all depends on our Karma. Have you ever really wanted something? Yes everyone replies, But when then when you got it again they started wanting something else? Life is like this, It’s like we all have an empty spot in us, so we try to fill it with things like family and friends. But nothing seems to fit quite Right, even after friends, family, job, and vacation we still feel empty because there is no love for God. Coming from a religious background, I Strongly believe in God. Whether or not God exists is up to each person. Some do not believe in a higher power, Some firmly believe and there is nothing wrong with not believing. Believing in God is entirely up to you. But if you believe, you know he is on your side even at your lowest times. When you are feeling hopeless, you pray and when you pray, you stand up again. You are ready to take your hardest challenges and look forward to brighter days. God gives us the capacity to help others in the time of need. You have done it before. But have you helped others while you needed help yourself? In other words, you are battling something strong in your life. You put your needs and wants on hold to give that person a sense of love and hope. Even strength is given by God to us, For example – You lose your job. You realize there is not enough money to support your family and you have no one to depend on. Finding a job is not as easy as it sounds. It takes too long . You know things will get better. Through the help of the God, you will find a solution because you have a family to support and in god all good things are possible. Mental – health experts tell us that people need spiritual values in order to be truly happy. God did not design humans to live independently of him, they have a need to communicate with their Maker. God is your environmental. GOD IS TIME AND YOU LIVE WITHIN HIM. God lives inside you and in contact with the living force is possibly known as ‘Karma’ dictates what happens to you. God is already in your life whether you need him or not.