Home - Culture - Festivals - Deep Diwali
 Deep Diwali
This festival is observed in honor of Jain deities and the final liberation of Lord Mahavira, the 24th Teertahankar, from the cycle of life. He died on this day at the age of 72, at Pawapuri in Bihar.

On this day, Mahavira is worshipped at midnight and early next morning. Sacred scriptures are recited and houses are grandly illuminated. The fetsival is celebrated with much zest in Girnar, in Gujarat. Devotees from all parts of the country congregate at Pawapuri and sweets are distributed.

In India, religion is a way of life. It is an integral part of the entire Indian tradition. For the majority of Indians, religion permeates every aspect of life, from common-place daily chores to education and politics. Secular India is home to Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other innumerable religious traditions. Hinduism is the dominant faith, practised by over 80% of the population. Besides Hindus, Muslims are the most prominent religious group and are an integral part of Indian society. In fact India has the second largest population of Muslims in the world after Indonesia.
Read more about Indian Religions