Chapter 27: Jain Festivals

STUDY
PLAY
Parva
Auspicious day
Shravan
Monsoon month
Kalpa Sutra
Sutra that contains a detailed account of Mahavir's life in addition to the lives of other Tirthankars
Amari Pravartan
Spreading the message of non-violence
Attham Tap
Fasting for 3 consecutive days
Chaitya Paripati
Visit and pray to different Derasars
Swami Vatsalya
Honoring and respecting other Jains
Kshamapana
Asking for forgiveness by performing Pratikraman
Samvatsari
Final day of Paryushan where we perform Pratikraman and ask for forgiveness
Vinay
Absence of ego
Dash Lakshana Maha Parva
Festival of ten cardinal values
Mahavir Jayanti/Mahavir Janma-Kalyanak
Birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir usually celebrated with plays and dances
Diwali
Festival celebrating the liberation of Lord Mahavir
New Year
Festival celebrating the attainment of Keval-jnan of Gautam Swami, who overcame the barrier of attachment to Lord Mahavir, which was broken soon after his liberation.
Bhai Bija
Festival for the brothers. After the liberation of Lord Mahavir, King Nandivardhan, his brother, was in great sorrow. His sister, Sudarshana invited him to her house. Like raksha bandha, the sister shows her love and respect towards the brother.
Jnan Panchami
Holy day for worshipping knowledge
Oli
9 day period where Jains observe ayambil and meditate upon the Navapad
Mauna Agiyaras
A day of complete silence and fasting to meditate the Tirthankars and Kalyanaks
Varsitap
Fasting for every other day to signify the event where Rushabdev fasted for one year because he didn't receive Gochari (alms)
Mastaka Abhisheka
Festival to honor the hero Bahubali
Samyag Darshan
Right perception
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