Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In   |   Register
Community Search
Paryushan Parva
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend
 

Paryushan is an eternal festival relating neither to people nor to any historical event. It is a time to celebrate the natural qualities of the Soul.In North America, there are 18 days of celebration, in which the first 8 days are Paruyshan Parv celebration and the next 10 days are Das Lakshan (Festival of the Ten Virtues) celebration. After the celebrations, Jains ask for forgiveness for any intended or unintended wrong actions, words or thoughts they may have taken.

9/2/2013 to 9/18/2013
When: 9/2/2013

« Go to Upcoming Event List  

Paryushan, as illustrated in Yogendra Jain's Jain Way of Life,  is an eternal festival relating neither to people nor to any historical event. It is a time to celebrate the natural qualities of the soul.

Eating, drinking and being merry are normally associated with festivals, but Paryushan is the festival for spiritual upliftment. During Paryushan, Jains practice penances, vows, fasts, scriptural studies, and Pratikraman. If not fasting, they refrain from eating green vegetables. The reason for these practices is to have the mind and body focus more on the inner qualities and virtues of the Soul and cleanse the body.
 
In North America, there are 18 days of celebration, in which the first eight days are Paruyshan Parva celebration and the next ten days are Das Lakshan (Festival of the Ten Virtues) celebration. After the celebration, Jains ask for forgiveness from each other, their friends, co-workers, and most importantly, their enemies. This asking for forgiveness is made easier after the 8/10/18 days of cleansing of our Mind and Soul such that our hearts become "soft” and we become mentally strong to ask for forgiveness. First we forgive others and then we ask for forgiveness.

For more resources on Paryushan Parva & Das Lakshan, read this article by Pravin Shah. Want it in a visual way? Review the powerpoint presentation created by Anop Vora. For an in-depth explanation about the meaning of these Jain festivals, read Nirmal Dosi's article on the scriptural meaning.

Sign In


Forgot your password?

Haven't registered yet?

Latest News