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Jain Paryusana festival begins in Jaipur
The Jains of Jaipur have has started celebrating their Kshamavani or Paryusana festival of forgiving and seeking forgiveness by exchanging "Micchami Dukkadam".

The main festival will be celebrated on Bhadrapad Chaturthi that falls on August 29 this year. Jain Munis and Sadhvis, who are in town for the on-going Chaturmas, are preaching about the merits of forgiveness.

These day, the Jains are offering a prayer every day called the Michchhami Dukkadam Prayer, which means: I forgive all living beings; May all souls forgive me; I am friendly terms with all; I have no animosity toward any soul; and May all my sins be dissolved.

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"



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