On Kshamavani Day, the Jain community members will approaches everyone to ask for forgiveness for all their, hurts caused to others or mistakes committed either knowingly or unknowingly to start life afresh.
In Jainism, forgiveness is considered to the prime social value that leads to the path of liberation. It was held by Lord Mahavira that forgiveness and love beget more forgiveness and love. Forgiveness sets free both the forgiver and the forgiven, it is believed.
Here is my acrostic on FORGIVE to illustrate the value of the concept in Jainism.
F: Faults, errors, mistakes, offences, inadvertent
acts and hurts be introspected
O: Offer forgiveness to your own self and others
R: Regret the hurts caused to others
G: Good will towards all be preserved
I: introspection, penance and fasting be practiced
V: Valuing every soul as equal
E: Expressing personally to other members of the community "Michchhami Dukkadam"