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Jai Jinendra!

On behalf of JAINA Executive Committee, we wish you sukh shata on auspicious occasion of Paryushan and Das Lakshan Parv. It is a time for introspection 
in journey toward purification of soul. It involves examining our own actions/faults, gather good karmas while shedding bad karmas, requesting and granting unconditional forgiveness and initiate a spiritual journey that hopefully lasts a life time.

Ashok Domadia
JAINA President


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 news, tips, and helpful resources to deepen your practice of Paryushana.


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Introduction in English
Part 1  Part 2

Explanation of Ritual in English

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3
Part 4  Part 5

Macro Level Meaning of Samvatsari Pratikraman

Would you like to know the general meaning of Samvantsari Pratikraman and get more benefit out of it before performing this very important 3 hour long annual ritual on Sept. 17 this year?

If yes, then please click on the following link:
Pratikrama meaning or the image on your left

Clicking on the link will take you to a slide presentation on " Macro level Meaning of Samvatsari Pratikraman".  It has been put together by Anop Vora, Past President of JAINA. As you review the slides, please be sure to read the explanatory notes as well. They have been revised to better explain the content of the slides.

Consider Giving Up Dairy this Paryushan / Das Lakshan

Hopefully, you're aware of the campaign to consider giving up dairy over Paryushan.

The Jain Vegans Working Group has produced a 5-minute video presentation which explains the reasons behind the campaign and why it is so relevant to the Jain community.

If you believe the video presentation contains an important message that makes sense, please share and circulate it among your friends and family.


Looking for a simple Jain or vegan recipe to try out this Paryushan/Das Lakshan?

Take a look at the 
Jain Recipes section on the YJA website. The list is growing, and we’d love to hear your recipes!

If you reside in New Jersey & New York, there is accessibility to Jain Food during the whole Paryushan Parv / Das Lakshan.

You can register here to be added to their list. For any questions pleaseemail:

Introducing the Jain Youth Exchange Program!

JAINA, Federation of Jain Associations in North America, in collaboration with JITO, Jain International Trade Organization, Ahmedabad (Gujarat) is proud to present the second phase of Jain Youth Exchange Program [JYEP].

JITO ( is the largest organization of Jain businesses, industrialists, and professionals in India. JAINA ( is the largest organization of Jains in North America.

The Jain Youth Exchange Program offers exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote Indian culture and Jain way of life. The Jain Youth Exchange program intends to provide hundreds of young students with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding. The program plans to offers numerous benefits to its young participants and their hosts and mentors, Jain leadership in India, as well as to the Jain community at large in India.

Through Jain Youth Exchange, students learn first hand about all aspects of life in another country. As their concept of the world expands, they mature and develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Immersion in another country’s value system enhances their academic, professional, social, and personal growth. Host Jain Center's, families and the entire community are enriched by extended, friendly contact with someone from a different family/culture. 

For more information go to
For questions email or call 510 730 0204.


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