New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Samvatsari Parva is one of the important and holiest festivals for the Jain community which falls generally in mid-August and September. It is celebrated on the last day of ‘Parva Paryushana’ which is the festival for the Shwetambara sect of Jainism. For Jains, this festival is like a Diwali, Eid or Christmas. It is the day of forgiveness for Jains. Jain community on this day, observe fast and perform Pratikraman together. According to the Jain calendar, this auspicious day is observed on Shukla Panchami in the month of Bhadrapada, which is the 8th day of Paryushan Parva. This year Samvatsari Parva will be observed on September 11, 2021. Know the Date, Significance, and history of this Parva here.

Samvatsari Parva 2021: Date

The Samvatsari Parva will be observed on September 11 this year.

Samvatsari Parva 2021: Significance

Jain strongly believes in forgiving. The forgiving plead is not limited to present life but also includes there all previous lives, Jains beg forgiveness from all living beings for faults they have made, whether deliberately or unknowingly. They forgive people animals and all kinds of living creatures. On this day, the poor are given alms, and the picture of a Jina (great teacher) is ceremoniously carried through the streets. The believers undertake a communal confession, and letters are sent asking for forgiveness.

Jains say ‘michachhami dukkadam’ to their friends and family on Samvatsari. The meaning of the phrase is ‘I want your forgiveness if I have offended you in any way, consciously or inadvertently, in thought, word, or deed.’Kshama yachna divas (apology-seeking day), daya divas (kindness day), and ahimsa divas (non-violence day) are some of the other names given to this festival.

Samvatsari Parva 2021: Rituals

It is customary for Jains to wake up early in the morning and take bath. They dress in white like sages and perform the lengthy ritual that continues for three hours. After performing all the rituals at the end of the day they seek forgiveness, forgive others.

There are six prerequisites of Samvatsari such as:

-Samayika means contemplating on the self and observing tranquillity and self-control.

-Chauvisantho means offering prayers to a total of five supremes, 24 jinas, and four mangalas including the Dharma as narrated by the masters of the past.

-Vandana meaning offering hearty prayers to the respective deities.

-Pratikramana, which includes observance of meditation and the Vratas.

-Kayotsarga means getting detached from the body by keeping self-restraint.

-Pratyakhyana means making promises and swearing.

Posted By: Ashita Singh