This is also known as Ashadh Chaturdasi.
This is the commencement of Chaturmas (the four months of the monsoon).
The Jain Sadhus and Sadhvis (holy men) remain where
This day is celebrated in honor of the birthday of Lord Mahavira, who spread the Jainism religion and philosophy in India in the 6th century B.C.
Mahavira was the last of the 24 Tirthankars, or "ford makers," whose teachings form the basis of