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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Jai Jinendra!

On behalf of JAINA, we wish suk-shaata of all the tapasvis during this Ayambil Oli and the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Janma Kalyanak!

We bring you Importance of Navpad Oli, a few incidents of Bhagwan Mahavir’s life, and also an animated film on Bhagwan Mahavir’s Janma Kalyanak.

JAINA invites Jain Centers to send news article with photos about their Center's “Mahavir Janma Kalyanak” celebration and "Ayambil Oli". Please send your article (maximum 10 lines in the word file) and 2-3 photographs of the event to jainahq@jaina.org.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
04-17-2019
2. NAVPAD OLI
Jains observe Festival of Navpad Oli that lasts for nine days, twice a year. The first one falls in the bright fortnight of Ashwin month (September/October) and the second during the bright fortnight of Chaitra month (March/April).

Navpad, also known as Siddhchakra, includes 5 supreme beings, having 108 virtues in all, and 4 right virtues/Gunas. Those are:
  1. Arihant Pad - means the one who has conquered the inner enemies such as Anger, Greed, Ego, and Deceit.
  2. Siddha Pad - Liberated Soul
  3. Acharya Pad - Spiritual Master
  4. Upadhyay Pad - Spiritual Teacher
  5. Sadhu Pad- Monk
  6. Samyag Darshan - Right Faith
  7. Samyag Jnan - Right Knowledge
  8. Samyag Charitra - Right Conduct
  9. Samyag Tapa - Right Austerities
First five pads are about worshiping Panch Parameshthi who are the eternal powers. While the last four pads are great virtues. One can attain Moksha (salvation) by observing those virtues. Arihant and Siddha, have accomplished these four virtues or attributes. Acharya, Upadhyaya, and Sadhu are on the path of accomplishing these attributes.

3. MAHAVIR JANMA KALYANAK
The auspicious event of the Chyavan of Bhagwan Mahavira took place on the midnight of the 6th day of the bright half of the month of Ashadh in the 544th year before the Vikram Era (600 B.C.) as his soul descended from the 10th Devlok - Pranta. King Siddhartha and Queen Trishla were blessed with the great fortune of being the parents of Bhagwan Mahavira. On the beautiful moonlit night, when Queen Trishla conceived Bhagwan, she saw 14 auspicious dreams - 1) an elephant, 2) a bull 3) a lion, 4) Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, 5) a garland of flowers, 6) the moon, 7) the sun, 8) a flag, 9) a jar filled with water, 10) a lotus-lake, 11) an ocean, 12) a celestial, aerial car, 13) a heap of jewels, 14) smokeless fire. The dream interpreters proclaimed that the dreams augured the birth of a Great One, a Tirthankar.

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4. PRINCE VARDHAMANA'S COURAGE TESTED BY A GOD
The world is full of contradictions. While there are people who sing praises and appreciate the valor of a person, there are others who are jealous of him. Bhagavan Mahavira was also subjected to this experience. Once prince Vardhamana was playing with his mates on the outskirts of the city. At that very moment, Sakrendra started paying glowing tributes to the courage, valor, bravery, and fearlessness of prince Vardhamana, a young boy of eight. A jealous God challenged the statement on the ground that fear is an instinct inherent amongst all mortals and especially in children. In order to frighten the child, he assumed the form of a formidable and frightening cobra and encircled the tree on which the children were playing. Naturally, all the boys were frightened and ran away for their lives, but Mahavira stood there like a rock. Without batting an eyelid and being completely undaunted, he caught hold of the cobra bravely with his hands and flung it away.
5. BRAVERY TESTED AGAIN AND HE HAS BEEN BESTOWED THE TITLE 'MAHAVIRA'
The God who failed so miserably in his first attempt to frighten prince Vardhamana decided to test his bravery again. Assuming the form of an ordinary child, he mingled with the group of children and suggested a novel game in which the victor was to be carried over his shoulders by the vanquished child. The God lost the game to prince Vardhamana and offered to carry him on his shoulders. But as soon as he had the prince on his shoulders, the god started inflating his body at every jump, and ultimately he assumed a gigantic form. But prince Vardhamana visualized by means of his Avadhi knowledge that this is the same God who had tried to frighten him before and he gave a mighty blow on his shoulder with his clenched fists. The God could not withstand the blow and have assumed his original form, he bowed down to the prince and returned back to heaven. Sakrendra and all the other Gods hailed the victory of Prince Vardhamana and exclaimed that he was ‘Mahavira’-’The Great Hero’. Since then he is universally known by that epithet.
6. MAHAVIR JANMA KALYANAK - AN INTERESTING ANIMATED STORY
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