Samvatsari Parva

Samvatsari Parva is an important Jain festival that is celebrated during the last day of ‘Parva Paryushana’ – the festival observed by the Shwetambara sect of Jainism. It generally falls in mid-August and September. This year, it was observed on September 11.
During this festival, Jains fast and perform Pratikraman together. The poor are given alms and the picture of a Jina (great teacher) is carried through streets. The believers undertake a communal confession, asking forgiveness from all living beings for their faults. Some of the other names for this festival are Â’Kshama yachna divas (apology-seeking day), daya divas (kindness day), and ahimsa divas (non-violence day).

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