It is celebrated with with a special worship the next morning. In the early morning after the day of Diwali, Ganadhar Gautam Swami, the first disciple of Lord Mahavira
attained absolute enlightenment. This could be another probable cause for celebrating the Diwali as the festivals of lights.
As tribute to the penance and sacrifice of Mahavira and his valuable contributions to our understanding of life and beyond, Swetambar Jains
observe fasting during the three days of Diwali. Devotees sing and chant hymns and mantras in praise of the Tirthankar and congregate for samaik
or prayer and recite verses from the Uttaradhyayan Sutra, containing the last teachings of Mahavira.
All celebration is marked by austerity, simplicity, serenity, equity, calmness, charity, philanthropy and environment- consciousness. Firecrackers are avoided as they cause noise and atmosphere pollution.
Jain temples are decorated with lights; sweets and diyas or lamps are distribu-ted - the lamps denoting knowledge or removal of ignorance.
Devotees from around the world try to visit Pava-puri on this special day, offering their respects and prayers.
Diwali is celebration of Mahavira`s nirvana as well as a day that marks new beginnings, a kind of New Year. Hence members of the Jain community wish each other a Happy New Year.
The new Jain year, Vira-Nirvana-Samvat 2541 begins right after this Diwali. This Year Diwali is on
11th November 2015. The Vikrama Samvat in Gujarat starts from Diwali. Thus the new (Kartikadi) Vikrma Samvat 2072. will start in Gujarat .Divali
is also important for Jains as it marks the beginning of their new year. All business accounts of the previous year are settled and new account books are started