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Mahavir Jayanti: PM Modi inaugurates 2550th Bhagwan Mahaveer Nirvana Mahotsav at Bharat Mandapam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2550th Bhagwan Mahaveer Nirvana Mahotsav at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi on Sunday, marking the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. During the event, he released a commemorative stamp and coin, and addressed the gathering, extending his wishes to the nation on the auspicious occasion.

In his address, PM Modi highlighted the significance of Mahavir Jayanti, stating, “Bharat Mandapam today witnesses the beginning of the 2550th Nirvan Mahotsav of Lord Mahavira…I extend my wishes to the people of the country on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.” He acknowledged the importance of participating in such an event amidst the ongoing elections, describing it as “comforting.”

The Prime Minister emphasized India’s role as a safe haven for humanity and its commitment to promoting peace and non-violence globally. Referring to the ongoing conflicts around the world, he said, “Today the world caught in conflict is expecting peace from India. The credit for this new role of new India is being given to our growing capability and foreign policy. But I want to tell you, our cultural image has a big contribution to this. Today India has come into this role because we keep forth truth and non-violence on global platforms with full confidence.”

PM Modi also underscored India’s status as the oldest living civilization in the world, saying, “It is India which thinks not for itself but for the whole…It is India that talks about policy and destiny.”

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister took to social media to extend his greetings on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), he wrote in Hindi, “My best wishes to all the family members of the country on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti…Lord Mahavir’s message of peace, restraint and harmony are an inspiration for the country in building a ‘Viksit Bharat’.”

Mahavir Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism and the founder of the Jain religion. The Jain community celebrates this festival to observe peace and harmony, and spread the teachings of Mahavira. This year, Mahavir Jayanti falls on April 21, the 13th day of the Chaitra month in the Jain calendar.

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