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Jaipur Jains celebrate Roth Teej Festival
Roth Teej festival is observed by the Jain Community of Jaipur on Bhadrapada Shukla Tritiya and it falls on September 8, 2013. On this day, modest yet delicious food is prepared and shared by the Jain households.

On the day of Roth Teej, the Jains are suppose to eat only one type of grain food, once during the day. The festival is meant to remind that material wealth is very fickle and only renunciation can lead to true happiness.

On this day around noon, the one-grain floor is kneaded into a soft dough by adding required amount of water to it and some ajwain/Bishop’s and salt to taste. The dough pieces are rolled into half-inch thick roth with a rolling pin.

The circumference of the rolled dough is slightly pressed so as to seal the cracks. After which, with the help of a ring small rounds are made over the surface of the roth to ensure even distribution of heat to it on a heated pan with low flame. The roth is cooked for some minutes by turning over the surface. The hot cooked roth is served with curd raita.

Jain festivals are meant to remind the followers the five vratas or vows in the Jain code of conduct. These being: to practise Non-violence in thought, word and deed; to seek and speak the truth; to behave honestly and never to take anything by force or theft; to exercise restraint on mind, senses and body; and to practise non-acquisitiveness.

Jainism believes that the Soul gets rid of the Karma through Right Faith, Right Knowledge and Right conduct. It is held that the aim of human life is to shed the karma and attain liberation of the soul from the karmic bondage so as to make it free from the cycle of rebirth and death.

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