Mahavir is the last and the greatest Tirthankar of the Jain religion, and Mahavir Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara. Mahavir always gave first preference to nature and attached due respect to all the aspects of nature including, animals, flaura, fauna, insects and all the living and non living created by nature.
One of the best ways to celebrate Mahavir Jayanthi is to place earthen water vessels to quench the thirst of birds this summer.
According to reports, thousands of birds die each year during summers due to lack of water and food. From time to time several campaigns are run by groups and NGO’s to provide water and food to these harmless sweet creatures. On an individual level also people keep the earthen vessels filled with water and food for birds, which is the best way to give back to nature.
The good gesture comes back to us
We have all heard that in this entire universe, energy whether good or bad cannot be created. It can only be transformed from one for to another. And energy once created will definitely reach at some point and will bounce back later. Similarly Feng Shui believes that any sort of positive feeling whether for people or for birds or animals will come back to that person in any changed form.
Ideally the earthen pots can be kept in multiples of 3, 5, 7, 9 and so on in case the space you have is quite large or if you are planning it for your office or factory.
As it is a water element, it is best to keep the pots in the south-west direction. Even if birds usually flock the other side of your terrace or balcony, once you place the earthen pots, the birds will start coming to that area automatically.
You can even gift these earthen vessels to your friends, neighbors and family. Usually people wish to do something for betterment of animals but they do not get the right material required to do so.
It is very important that you change the water in the vessel daily. This is crucial for the birds and also for you since still and decaying water can give out negative vibrations in that area. At times certain insects, lizards etc looking for some respite from summers reach these earthen vessels and drown in there. Therefore it becomes very important to keep a close check on the maintenance of these vessels.