Mahavir Swami Janma Kalyanak, It’s the biggest event for the Jains on Chaitra Sud Teras, as the 24th Tirthankar Bhagwan Mahavir Swami was born today! Jai Mahavir!
According to the Jain tradition, Mahavira had 14,000 muni (male ascetics), 36,000 aryika(nuns), 159,000 sravakas (laymen), and 318,000 sravikas (laywomen) as his followers. Some of the royal followers included Srenika (popularly known as Bimbisara) of Magadha, Kunika of Anga (Ajatashatru), and Chetaka of Videha.
After he gained Kevala Jnana, Mahavira taught that the observance of the vows ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (chastity), and aparigraha (non-attachment) is necessary for spiritual liberation.