The festival of Mahavir Jayanto marks the birth of Lord Mahavir (599-527BC), the 24th Tirthankar and founder of modern Jainism. On this day, religious programmes such as songs, dances and dramas are held. It falls on the 13th day of the 6th month Chaitra of the Jain calendar, which is usually in March or April.
Ayambil Oli is a religious period in the 6th and 12th month of the Jain Calendar, where abstinence and simplicity in food consumption is observed. Volunteers prepare lunch for all who wish to observe the nine days. Devotees take one meal a day at noon, refraining from consuming oil, dairy products, vegetable spices, and drinks (except boiled water) for up to nine days during this festival.
Paryushan is the most religious eight days of the year in the Jain calendar. It is a period of fasting, abstinence and introspection. During this period, which is usually around September or October, Jain principles are reviewed, and prayers are recited to seek forgiveness from all living beings. Leading speakers and saints are invited to give daily discourses during this period.