The Deep Diwali
festival is observed in honour 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.