The Deep Diwali festival is observed in honour of Jain deities and the final liberation of Lord Mahavira, the 24th Teertahankar, from the cycle of life. He died on this day at the age of 72, at Pawapuri in Bihar.
On this day, Mahavira is worshipped at midnight and early next morning. Sacred scriptures are recited and houses are grandly illuminated. The fetsival is celebrated with much zest in Girnar, in Gujarat. Devotees from all parts of the country congregate at Pawapuri and sweets are distributed.