The Story of Shripal and Mayna

Shripal was a common man who suffered from leprosy. Mayna, on the other hand, was a princess. After an argument with her father, Mayna was forced to marry Shripal, whom they would later discover was the heir to the throne of Champa-nagar. Shripal and Mayna wanted to cure his disease. They sought guidance from Achaya Munichandra, who advised that they devote themselves towards observing Navpad Oli. Through their efforts and faith, Shripal’s disease was cured and the couple ruled the kingdom of Champa-nagar. Want a more detailed version? Click here!

Mahavir Janma Kayanak

Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, or the birth celebration of our 24th Tirthankar Mahavir Swami, is celebrated on Chaitra Sud Teras and falls during the spring Navpad Oli. Mahavir Swami was born in 599 B.C. to King Siddharth and Queen Trishla in Kshatriyakund. Per tradition, Indra Bhagwan took the baby to Mount Meru to bathe him. His birth brought prosperity to the entire kingdom, thus he was named Vardhaman, meaning “ever-lasting prosperity.” To learn more about Mahavir Swami, visit this link!


Celebrating Navpad Oli away from home? YJA has you covered! Trying these activities organized around the nine supreme entities of the universe that celebrate each day of Navpad Oli will allow you to reflect on Jain principles without going to a temple. These nine entities can also be reflected on so try leading each day with the corresponding Bhav (intention).