Jain Festivals

Paryushan and Dash Lakshan are two of the most important festivals for Jains.

Right now we are observing Paryushan which is an 8 days spiritual retreat that started on August 17th and will end on August 23rd. Through this festival an attempt is made to put an end to all vices, passions and lustful desires in thought, speech and deeds. Usually, Jains will fast many different ways which includes not eating and drinking for a day or designing a personal customized fast in order to live simply.

As paryushan will be ending then Dash Lakshan will start from August 24th to September 3rd. The festival is the observance of ten universal virtues. Some of these virtues which I understood and have been more meaningful for me are Forgiveness, Contentment, Truthfulness, Self-control, and Detachment.

I believe Jainism is more of a philosophy then a religion. I remember when I was young my father telling me God is within you. Always justify your actions to your self while you are working towards your goal.

Both festivals end by asking forgiveness from all. I do not have any animosity towards anybody, and I have friendship for all living beings.

Forgiving others uplifts the soul.


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6 thoughts on “Jain Festivals

  1. hi,i m also wed wid jain guy,i want to knw abt d making of roat teej recipe which are making b4 dash lakshan………….

  2. Hi, I also am interested in learning in recipes during these 8 holy days. I am currently newly wed into jainism, and I want to share this auspicious days with my husband and family.

  3. Please, share Paryushan Menu. I am a newly married bride to Jainism. My in laws are back home…no one is around to help me with jain menus. All I know is not to cook patatoes, onions and Garlic. Is that true?

  4. These are very uplifting thoughts. The Jain philosophy is very beautiful. I have been thinking about what you wrote since you posted it. Thank you.

  5. Your dedication to observances is wonderful. Jainism is very similar in many respects to Buddhism. I believe that the Buddha and Mahavira were contemporaries and both philosophies were influenced by each other.

  6. These are very uplifting thoughts. The Jain philosophy is very beautiful. I have been thinking about what you wrote since you posted it. Thank you.

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