La Croix published Le Jaïnisme

On the anniversary of Mahavira, the twenty-fourth Tirthankara (ford maker) of Jainism, Claire Lesegretain (an international reporter) wrote an article for La Croix, a daily French newspaper, about an ancient Indian religion belonging to the Śramaṇa tradition, the Jainism. 

Photos: Serge Bouvet 
Text: Claire Lesegretain

April 9th: Indian jain celebrating the birth of Mahavira

According to Jain texts, Lord Mahavira was born on the thirteenth day of the bright half of the moon in the month of Chaitra. Mahavir Jayanti is said to occur in the month of March or April according to the Gregorian calendar, and this year, it falls on April 9. One of the most auspicious festival for Jains, this day marks the birth of Vardhamana Mahavira, 24th and the last Tirthankara (teaching God) of Avasarpini — half of the worldly cycle of time, according to the Jain cosmology.

Excerpts of the newspaper article

“L’anniversaire du fondateur de cette religion, vieille d’environ trois mille ans et forte de 10 millions d’adeptes en Inde et en diaspora, a été célébré le 9 avril.” Qui sont les jaïns aujourd’hui ? On estime le nombre des jaïns à 9 millions en Inde, essentiellement dans les États du Maharashtra (1,3 million) et du Gujarat (1 million). « Ils sont difficiles à comptabiliser, relève le spécialiste du jaïnisme Pierre-Paul Amiel…” 

Continue reading this article : http://www.la-croix.com/Journal/Le-jainisme-2017-04-28-1100843318 


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