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Biggest Jain Festival – Mahavir Jayanti

सम्पूर्ण मानव समाज को अन्धकार से प्रकाश की ओर लाने वाले महापुरुष भगवान श्री महावीर स्वामी का जन्म ईसा से 599 वर्ष पूर्व चैत्र मास के शुक्ल पक्ष में त्रयोदशी तिथि को बिहार में लिच्छिवी वंश के महाराज श्री सिद्धार्थ और माता त्रिशिला रानी देवी के यहां हुआ था. इसलिए हिन्दू और जैन पंचांग के अनुसार, जैन धर्म के चौबीसवें …

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Anant Chaudas

Jain Festival - anant-chaudas - list of jain festivals and List of Jains celebrations with anant chaudas

Jains celebrate Anant Chaturdashi on the 14th day of the bright fortnight Shukla paksha of Bhado (August-September)month in the Hindu calendar. It is a very important day as it marks the end of Das Lakshan Parva. According to Jain scriptures one can gain much merit by observing a vow on this day. In the month of ‘bhaado’ (which starts from …

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Diwali

Diwali has a very special significance in Jainism. It marks anniversary of attainment of Nirvana of Lord Mahavira, the last JainTirthankar of this era. In fact, Diwali was first referred in Harivamsha Purana (Holy Book of Jains) written by Acharya Jinasena as dipalika (splendour of lamps). In his words, The gods illuminated Pavanagari by lamps to mark the occasion. Since …

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Uttam Brahmacharya

Uttam Brahmcharya,Monks,Jain Monks,Saints

Uttam Brahmacharya can also be referred as : Supreme Celibacy  This means not only refraining from sexual intercourse but also includes all pleasures associated with the sense of touch, e.g. a cool breeze on a hot summers day or using a cushion for a hard surface. Again this dharma is practised to keep our desires in check. The monks practice this …

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Uttam Akinchinya

Non Attachment,Uttam Akchintaya

Uttam Akinchinya can also be referred as : Non-attachment  This assists us in detaching from external possessions. Historically ten possessions are listed in our scriptures: • Land                                        • House • Silver                                       • Gold • Wealth                                    • Grain • Female servants                    • Male servants • Garments                               • Utensils Remaining unattached from these helps control our desires and leads to an influx of punya karmas.This assists us in being unattached from our internal attachments: false …

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Uttam Tyag

Uttam Tyag

Uttam Tyag  can also be referred as : Giving Away Contrary to popular belief, renouncing worldly possessions leads to a life of contentment and assists in keeping desires in check. Controlling desires lead to an influx of punya karma. Giving away is done at the highest level by our monks who renounce not only the household but also their clothes. A person’s …

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Uttam Tap

Uttam,Tap,Supreme,Austerity

Uttam Tap  can also be referred as : Repentance  This does not only mean fasting but also includes a reduced diet, restriction of certain types of foods, avoiding tasty foods, etc. The purpose of repentance is to keep desires and passions in control. Over-indulgence inevitably leads to misery. repentance leads to an influx of punya karmas. Meditation prevents the rise of desires and …

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Uttam Sanyam

uttam,sanyam,Self restraint

Uttam Sanyam  can also be referred as : Self-Restraint  Restraining from injury to life – Jains go to great lengths, compared to other world religions, to protect life. This encompasses all living beings, from one-sensed onwards. The purpose of not eating root vegetables is that they contain countless one-sensed beings termed ‘nigod’. During Paryushan the Jains also do not eat green …

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Uttam Satyam

Truthfulness,Uttam,Satyam,Rigtness

Uttam Satyam can also be referred as : Truthfulness If talking is not required, then do not talk. If it is required then only use the minimum of words, and all must all be absolutely true. Talking disturbs the stillness of the mind. Consider the person who lies and lives in fear of being exposed. To support one lie he has to …

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Uttam Socham

Contentment,Uttam,Soch,Satisfaction

Uttam Socham  can also be referred as : Contentment  Be content with the material gains that you have accomplished thus far. Contrary to popular belief, striving for greater material wealth and pleasure will not lead to happiness. Desire for more is a sign that we do not have all that we want. Reducing this desire and being content with what we …

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