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Jain holy period of Chaturmas commences in Delhi with Jain Munis' entry
The holy period of four months "Chaturmas", which is much observed in Jainism, has begun from Shayani Ekadashi - the eleventh day of the first bright half, Shukla Paksha of Ashadh, in the first week of July, which will last until Prabodhini Ekadashi, the 11th day of the first bright half of Kartik or October. Chaturmas is the period of rainy season in the country and meant for self-purification.
In Delhi, with Mangal Pravesh of Terapanth Jain Muni Shri Kishanlalji, his Chaturmas has started at Tera Panth Bhawan in Model Town. He is an expert in the techniques of Preksha Dhyan and Kayotsarga - special Jain meditative techniques.

In Jainism wandering monks observe their annual 'Rains Retreat' during this period by living in one place during the entire period amidst lay people and giving religious discourses or teaching meditation to the local public.

For the Jain Munis, Chaturmas is reserved for preaching, penance, austerities, fasting and religious observances. Jain devotees resolve to observe Chaturmas with vows such as observing silence; abstaining from a favourite food item; having only a single meal in a day or spending time in the company of the holy people.

Among the Jains, the period is a suitable time for householders to have an annual renewal of the faith by listening to discourses on dharma, doing meditation, exercising self-control and undergoing penance; and performing charity.

One of the most important Jain festivals, Paryushana, falls during this period, which concludes with Forgiveness Day, Kshamavani Diwas, wherein lay people and disciples say Micchami Dukkadam and ask forgiveness from each other.

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