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Jaipur Jains celebrate Nirvana Kalyanak Tirthankara Shantinath
In Jaipur, the Jains are celebrating today the Nirvana Kalyanak their sixteenth Tirthankara Shantinath in different temples with gaiety and devotion today. According to the local unit of Akhil Bhartiya Dingambar Jain Parishad, special religious events have been held beginning from 0630 hours like Panchamrit Abhishek, Pooja, Nirvan Laddu Offering, and Maharati in the temples at Taron ki Koot, Jobner, Lalkothi, Pratap Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Jagatpura and many more.

"The day is the reminder of the ultimate aim of life as demonstrated by the Tirthankaras. Their other names of Tirthankara tell us what we should become in life through non-violence and austerities. 

For example, Arihant means 'the destroyer of inner enemies'; Jina means 'victor of inner vices'; and Vitragi means 'one who does not have any attachment with worldly aspects'. The Tirthankaras stand for ideals of human life to be lived up to for liberation and bliss," said Manan Jain who associated with Rakshak NGO working for animal welfare and veganism.

It is said that when a person accumulate a special karma called Tirthankara Nam Karma by pursuing special austerities, he becomes enlightened and ultimately attains liberation or Nirvana. In Jainism, it is believed that twenty-four souls became Tirthankaras.  Nirvana Kalyanak is treated as an auspicious day when a Tirthankara's soul got liberated from this worldly physical existence forever and he became a Siddha.

The day is the reminder of the five principles of Jainism, namely, Ahimsa (Non-violence); Satya (Truthfulness); Achaurya (Non-stealing); Brahmacharya (Celibacy or control over senses and mind from indulgence; and Aparigraha (Non-possession, detachment, Non-materialism).

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