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Followers of Jainisms in Toronto celebrate Daslakshan Parva
The followers of Jainisms in Toronto - the capital city of Canada - are celebrating week-long Daslakshan Parva or Paryushana, which is deemed as a holy time during Bhadrapad Month's Shukla Paksha.

It is the festival of self-purification and spiritual growth through fasting, chanting hymns, prayers and meditation. However, the followers are encouraged to practice according to their ability for fasting.

For the Jains in Toronto, the span of the fast can last from a day to a month by taking frugal food and water once in a day between sunrise and sunset. No meal is taken after Sunset during this period. However, during normal days Canadian Jains are liberal about the timings of the meals which are vegetarian invariably.

The followers of Jainism in Canada have raised Jain temples and formed social groups which they manage as a community since there are hardly any ascetics and munis. Gujarati Jains are the most active group in Canada and have a liberal view of the religion; I am informed by my Facebook friend from Toronto.

He informs that first Jain Temple in the capital city was established in the early 1970s to promote non-violence, vegetarianism, Preksha Dhyan meditation and inter-faith dialogue. Many Hindus also visit the temple along with the followers of the two sects of Jainism - Svetambara and Digambar. The liberalism among Canadian Jains is in the form of non-sectarian attitudes and closeness with the Hindus along with creating occasions for dialogues with the followers of other major religions.

Slowly, the non-sectarian Canadian version of Jainism is gaining  popularity due to integration of the two sects of Jainism and closeness with the Hindus leading to casteless view of the religion that respects diversity. However, the Indian Jainism deems this liberalism less authentic and a deviation, he tells

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