|Mahavira (Photo by Dayodaya)|
Diwali (aka Devali, Deepavali, Dipalika, or “Festival of Lights”) not only commemorates the day (October 15, 527 BCE) that Lord Mahavira attained Moksha (Nirvana), but also commemorates Mahavira’s chief disciple’s attainment of Kevalgyana (“complete knowledge”) on that same day. The third-century BCE Kalpasutra by Acharya Bhadrabahu reports that Mahavira attained Nirvana by the faint light of the new moon. The many gods who gathered round served to illuminate the darkness with their own Light.
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