Jain (36)

Sunday, 26 January 2014 09:51

Anata Chaturdasi

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This day involves austerities, special worship, and often a procession to the community's main temple.

Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:36

Kartik Poornima

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This is the end of Ashadh Chaturdashi after four months. 

The Jain Sadhus and Sadhvis are again allowed to travel on foot.  Thousands of Jains go on

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:30

Jain New Year

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After celebrating Diwali at the end of Ashwina, Jains celebrate New Year on the first day of the following month.

The ritual of


Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:12


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On the night of this day, Mahavirswami, a holy man, attained Nirvana or deliverance and a state of absolute bliss. 

Jain followers spend the whole of the night of Diwali in the recitation of holy hymns and in


Tuesday, 14 January 2014 21:09

Paush Dashami

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This day is the birthday of Bhagwan Parshwanath. 

Jain devotees perform the tapasya of 3 Upavas-attham (continuous fasting for 3 days). 

They use this recitation and meditation to try and attain


Monday, 13 January 2014 07:06

Paryushana Mahaparva

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This is also known as Ashadh Chaturdasi.

This is the commencement of Chaturmas (the four months of the monsoon). 

The Jain Sadhus and Sadhvis (holy men) remain where


Sunday, 12 January 2014 07:46

Akshay Tritiya

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This is a holy day in the Jain calendar. 

People who observe the year-long alternative day fasting, finish their Tapasya (time of austerity) this day. 

The day is worshipped and said to be


Wednesday, 08 January 2014 07:32

Mahavir Jayanti

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This day is celebrated in honor of the birthday of Lord Mahavira, who spread the Jainism religion and philosophy in India in the 6th century B.C. 

Mahavira was the last of the 24 Tirthankars, or "ford makers," whose teachings form the basis of


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