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Practicing Pratikraman!

Paryushana is the most important Jain religious observance of the year. For both Shvetambars, who observe the festival over a period of eight days, and Digambaras, for whom Das Lakshana lasts ten days, this is a time of intensive study, reflection, and purification.

The word "paryushana” literally means "abiding" or "coming together." During the middle of the four-month rainy season in India, Jain monks and nuns cease moving from place to place and stay with one community.

Below, you will find information on local events, news, tips, and helpful resources to deepen your practice of Paryushana.

JAINA DAY - Observe Forgiveness Day on Sept 21
Did you know that JAINA is in the process of creating official JAINA Days?

JAINA is proud to announce Forgiveness Day on Sept 21! The practice of seeking forgiveness and forgiving others is a critical aspect of Jain practice. In the spirit of expanding awareness of Jainism, we are in the process of creating official days of observance for the Jain community and beyond.

Stay tuned for more information about Forgiveness Day as well as other JAINA Days: Non-Violence Day (Oct 2) and Compassion - Jiv Daya Day (Nov 28)

Be Compassionate - Be Charitable

"AHIMSA PARMO DHARMA", meaning Non-Violence is the highest duty and it is the highest principle of the religions of the East.

During the auspicious occasion of Paryushan & Das Lakshan, the importance of Jivdaya (care of all living creatures) is emphasized and inspires people to practice Ahimsa in their daily lives. The Jivdaya committee requests your support in taking care of these animals.

Each year, JAINA’s Jivdaya committee receives appealsfrom panjarapoles across India. In the last two years, Jivdaya committee has distributed almost $39,000 to Seventeen (17) panjarapoles in India andsaving 91 animals from slaughter house.

Learn more by going to

The impact of even a small donation makes a big difference in the lives of animals.

Resources and Tips

Learn about the meaning of Pratikraman

Have you ever wondered about the true meaning of Pratikraman?

In this presentation, former JAINA president Anop Vora aims to improve our understanding of the Pratikraman Ritual at the macro level, which can help us alter our thought patterns and behaviors for the better. He explains the meaning of Pratikrama, its various types and formats, as well as how it is observed by different traditions within the Jain community.

To view the presentation, please click on the image to the left.

Pratikraman - Introduction in English
Part 1 | Part 2

Pratikraman - Explanation of Ritual in English
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Here are some useful articles on Pratikraman practice:

  • The Scriptural Meaning of Paryushan and Das Lakshan by Nirmal Dosi
  • Celebration of the Soul - Paryushan Parv and Das Lakshan
  • 8-10 Days of Living a Jain Way of Life
  • The Practice of Equanimity and Pratikraman
  • Jain to Jain: Tips for Observing Paryushan/Das Lakshan Away from Home

  • Looking for a simple Jain or vegan recipe to try out this Paryushan/Das Lakshan? Want to know what ingredients to avoid at the grocery store? Take a look at our new Jain Recipes section on the YJA website. The list is growing, and we’d love to hear your recipes!

    If you have recipes or tips to share, e-mail JAINA at

    EVENTS - Attend and Celebrate a Pratishtha Event Near You!

    ..In the US

    ...In India

    Hartford, CTOrlando, FLCentreville, VAMohangadh, Dharampur, Valsad, Gujarat
    The Jain Center of Greater Hartford starts its Pratishtha Celebration on Sept. 2.
    Click here
    for more details.
    The Jain Society of Central Florida (JSOCF) is having its Pratishta Mahotsav event
    from Sept. 12-16.
    Register today
    There will be a Pratikraman event in Centrevill, VA Sept. 9 .

    Click here for details!
    Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram is holding their Daksh Lakshan event from Sept. 9-19.
    Go here for more information.

    Above are just a few of the many celebrations across the globe.

    To learn more about an event near you, visit us as and contact your local center through our center search.

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