Unkown facts about Lord Mahavir
Lord Mahavir is known for peace, tolerance and humanity. He was born about 2500 years ago in Kundalpur of Vaishali. He is the third child of king Siddhartha and queen Trishala. Lord Mahavir was twenty-fourth and last Teerthankar of Jain Religion. Today, on his birthday, we have come up with the 6 interesting facts about Lord Mahavir.
Lord Mahavir traveled throughout South Asia to teach Jain philosophy. Mahavira taught that the observance of the vow sahimsa (non-injury), satya (truth), asteya (non-thieving), brahmacharya (chastity) and aparigraha (non-attachment) is necessary to elevate the quality of life. The teachings of Mahavira were compiled by Gautama Swami (chief disciple) and were called Jain Agamas. However, most of these Agamas are not available today.
1. Lord Mahavir was known by Teerthankar before birth
Lord Mahavir was said to be a Teerthankar before birth. Teerthanker is translated as ‘great man’ in english. He was born to Queen Trishala and King Siddharth. When the Queen was pregnant, she had a beautiful dream one night in the last phase (prahar). When the King asked for the meaning of the dream to an astrologer, he was told that a great man is going to take birth in his palace.
2. Lord Mahavir is called by five different names
Lord Mahavir is called by five different name such as Vardhaman — the one who grows, Veer, Ativeer, Mahaveer — a great hero and Sanmati.
3. At 30, Lord Mahavir left his kingdom and family
When he was 28, the parents of Lord Mahavir passed away. On request of his elder brother, he stayed for 2 more years. He left his kingdom and family at the age of 30 when Lord received Diksha on the day of Margashirsha Krishna Dashami.
4. Lord Mahavir’s mediation was 12 years long
Lord Mahavir meditated for 12 years. At the age of thirty, Mahavira abandoned the comforts of royal life and left his home and family to live an ascetic life in the pursuit of spiritual awakening. He underwent severe penances during which he meditated under the Ashoka tree and discarded his clothes.
5. Five theories of Lord Mahavir to live a stress free life
Satya, Ahimsa, Achaurya, Aparighraha and Bramhacharya — these are the five great theories of Lord Mahavir. Everyone wants a stress free life. Application of these 5 theories in your life are sure to bring happiness. Satya stands for not stealing. Ahimsa stands for non-violence. Achaurya is avoiding theft. Aparighraha is avoiding excessive collection of materialistic things. Brahmacharya stands for Chastity.
6. Lord died at 72
Lord Mahavir passed away at the age of 72. On the day of Krishna Amavasya, Lord Mahavir stopped breathing in Pawapur. Lord Mahavir received a title of Nirvana after his death.
Author: Piyush Rishi