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Jain Raksha Bandhan: Celebration of self-protection through spiritual powers
Both Hindus and Jains celebrate Raksha Bandhan but due to different reasons. Jains celebrate Raksha Bandhan to mark the day when Jain monks Akampanacharya, Shrutsagar and Vishnu Kumar were able to stop the infliction of physical torture on them and heir even hundred disciples in the Ujjain Kingdom.

It is held that Akampanacharya and his disciples were not detracted from their spiritual state of contemplation in the face of inhuman torture inflicted upon them by the ministers of the king led by one Bali who functioned as a king for seven days due to a boon granted to him by the king of Ujjain. 

As the legend goes, Monk Vishnu Kumar, brother of King Padamrai, who had accepted the order of monkhood before, saved the monks from the inhuman torture of the monks. He had the power of assuming different forms and shapes. He left the order of monkhood and assumed the shape of a dwarf and reached the court of Bali. Impressed by the ammusing dwarf persona of Vishnu Kumar, Bali asked him to demand any gift. 

It is believed that Vishnu Kumar demanded three steps of land from King Bali to which the later agreed readily. Becuase his spiritual powers, Vishnu Kumar assumed the form of a formidable human being and measured the whole land merely in two steps. This way King Bali was subdued and the lives of the Jain monks saved. 

Bali was put in chains and he begged pardon for his offence. Consequently, all the persons of present there worshiped Acharya Akampana and his Muni Sangha. That was the last day of the month of Shravan. The day began to he observed as Raksha-bandhan since then. 

Since Vishnu Kumar had left monkhood and assumed the shape of a dwarf, therefore, he offered repentance and got initiated into monkhood for the second time. 

To mark the saving of seven hundred Jain monks from inhuman torture and deep trouble, the festival of Jain Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on day of Shravan Shukla Purnima or the night of full moon in month of Shravan to coincide with Hindu Rakhi festival. 

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