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START of 8 or 10 day Paryushana Parva ** - Jain (**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.)

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Sat, 26/08/2017 - 12:15 - 23:45
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 26th August – 4th September 

Paryushana Parva ** - Jain (**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.) 

Jain 8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement.  Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards and letters.  Celebration of the natural qualities of the soul.  The 8th day (Samvatsari) is most important and is focused on forgiveness. 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jain_rituals_and_festivals#Paryushana_Parva 

Paryushana Parva is one of the most important festival for Jains.  Paryusana is formed by two words meaning ‘a year’ and ‘a coming back’.  This festival comes in the months of Shravana and Bhadra (August or September). 

Svetambara Jains are celebrating it for eight-days while Digambara Jains celebrate it for ten days.  So it is also known as Das Lakshana Parva. 

It is a festival of repentance and forgiveness.  Many Jains fast and carry out different religious activities.  Jain monks stop walking during chaturmas and reside at one place where they lecture on various religious subjects during paryushana. 

This festival is believed to remove accumulated karma of the previous year and develop control over new accumulating new karma, by following Jain austerities and other rituals.  There are regular rituals at the temple. 

Discourses of Kalpa Sutra are given by monks.  Kalpa Sutradescribes life of Mahavira and other Tirthankaras.  On the third day, procession of Kalpa Sutra is carried out.  On the fifth day, auspicious dreams of Trishala, mother of Mahavira are demonstrated and after that birth of Mahavira is celebrated.  On the final day, Jains ask for forgiveness from everybody for any acts during the previous year which may have hurt them.  

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