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Mahaveer Awards For Essays

The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation felt the desire and need to acquaint the young people with the Universal Message of Peace & Harmonious co-existence preached by Bhagwan Mahaveer, the 24th Tirthankara, who lived 2600 years ago, and highlight the relevance of the teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer in the contemporary world.

With this objective in mind The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation instituted the “Mahaveer Award for Essays” in Tamil and English for the students of schools & colleges situated in and around Chennai. This competition was started in 2016 and held every year. The response of students and teachers of schools and colleges is very encouraging.

The Essay competition is conducted by SJNS Jain Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Triplicane, Chennai which is run by Vidhya Jyothi Trust.

Levels of students

To provide level playing fields and prevent unequal competition among the students of various age groups, 3 levels are created, namely

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Std. VI – Std. VIII Std. IX – Std. XII UG/PG Students of Colleges

Essay competition are conducted in English and Tamil for each level of students. Separate prizes are given language wise.


To encourage participation, the Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation gives cash prizes to the winners of the competition. The winners are honoured by presenting the cheque in a function. The following are the cash prizes for various levels:

Prize Level 1 (VI – VIII Std) Level 2 (IX – XII Std) Level 3 (UG/PG)
1st Prize Rs. 5,000 Rs. 15,000 Rs. 50,000
2nd Prize Rs. 3,000 Rs. 10,000 Rs. 25,000
3rd Prize Rs. 2,000 Rs. 5,000 Rs. 15,000
Consolation Prizes Rs.1,000 (For 10 students) Rs. 2,500 (For 10 students) Rs. 5,000 (For 5 students)

Topics for the Competition

Keeping in mind the primary objective of the Essay competition, namely to introduce the young people to the life and teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer and gradually enhance their interest and understanding and recognise the relevance of His teachings in modern times, the topics are announced.

Topics are decided by eminent Jain scholars.
The topic for the 3 levels for First, Second, Third and Fourth Mahaveer Award for Essays Competition is given below:

Level I Mahaveer Award for Essay II Mahaveer Award for Essay III Mahaveer Award for Essay IV Mahaveer Award for Essay
Level 1 Bhagwan Mahaveer’s Life and Teachings Life and Teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer Life and Teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer Life and Teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer
Level 2 Bhagwan Mahaveer’s Life and Teachings Teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer and World Peace Life and Teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer Relevance of Teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer in today’s world
Level 3 Bhagwan Mahaveer’s Philosophy and its relevance to the Modern Age Principles of Bhagwan Mahaveer and solutions to World Problems Relevance of Teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer in contemporary world Bhagwan Mahaveer and his philosophy of Ahimsa

Rules for the competition

  • Stationery for the competition is provided by the Foundation.
  • Each participant is given a pen and a participation certificate. A booklet on Life and Teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer is given to all participants.
  • There is no limit on the number of participants from each School/ College.
  • The participants can write the essay either in English or Tamil. Separate prizes is awarded language wise
  • If the number of participants from a single institution exceed 40, a wall clock is gifted as a token of appreciation.
  • If the number of participants from a single institution exceed 100, the School/ College is made the Centre and the Competition is conducted in the premises of that School/college.
  • If the number of participants from a single institution is less than 100, then the participants come to SJNS Jain MHSS, Triplicane and write the Essay.
  • For convenience of participants, a list of suggested books and links to various websites are provided for reference.


I Essay Competition II Essay Competition III Essay Competition IV Essay Competition
Date 20/02/2016
No. of schools participated 22 54 84 85
No. of students from schools 3045 6253 17276 26152
No. of colleges participated 11 33 26 39
No. of students from colleges 1274 2397 2757 5231
Total students 4319 8650 20033 31383
Student Participation

IV Mahaveer Award for Essays - District wise Participation

District No. of schools No. of participants No. of Colleges No.of participants Total
Chennai 39 9426 26 2007 11433
Cuddalore 6 3683 3683
Kanchipuram 16 8163 4 1807 9970
Thiruvallur 3 642 6 367 1009
Vellore 1 719 719
Villupuram 3 1823 1823
Virudhunagar 18 2415 2 331 2746
Total 85 26152 39 5231 31383

No. of participants from various districts of Tamil Nadu

Participants from Tamil Nadu

Download Books for the 4th Mahaveer Awards for Essays competition

Books PDF
Level 1 & 2 - Tamil Download
Level 1 & 2 - English Download
Level 3 - English Download