Imphal: On the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi Manipur that falls in Friday, governor La. Ganesan and chief minister N. Biren Singh have extended their warm greetings to the people of Manipur, specially the Jains and the Hindus.
Anant Chaturdashi is a special festival, observed and celebrated among the Jain and Hindu communities across the world on the 14th day day of the fortnight of Shukla Paksha of the Bhado month. “Let this year’s Anant Chaturdashi be celebrated with pomp and gaiety with vegetarian foods. And seek forgiveness from the elders for any intentional or unintentional mistakes which might have hurt them,” Ganesan said.
Let the attainment of nirvana of Lord Vasupujya, the 12th Tirthankara be a reminder to live a life fine tin material attachment, self realization and meditation to bring love and compassion to the fore, he added.
“I convey my warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Manipur, especially our Jain brothers and sisters on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi, which is being observed as Vegetarian Day,” Biren said.
Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism led an austere life of Ahimsa and had a firm belief that no harm should be caused to any living creature. As such, his followers are one of the greatest advocates of vegetarianism and follow the dietary customs of self-control and purity of mind and spirit.
Vegetarianism is the limitation of one’s diet to only plants, vegetables, grains, and fruits, generally for ethical, ascetic, or nutritional reasons. Although diet is a personal choice derived from one’s custom, tradition, personal taste and habit, it is a fact that vegetarian diets are amongst the healthiest diets for man’s physical, mental and spiritual development. In today’s modern and progressive society, more and more people are turning to vegetarian diets, Biren said.