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Jaipur's Jain community to celebrate Deepawali with prayers, gaiety and offering of Nirvana Ladoos
In Jaipur, various Jain temples have geared up for Deepawali or Dipalikaya celebration to mark the anniversary of Nirvana of Lord Mahavira, the twenty fourth and last Jain Tirthankara. The Jains have the tradition of distributing Nirvan Ladoos after praying to Lord Mahavira. Many devout and followers will be observing two days of fasting in remembrance of the penance and victory over mind by lord Mahavira.

The Jain business community will start their fresh accounting year from  Dipalikaya day after chanting hymns and mantras from Jain religious texts in praise of the Tirthankara and Uttaradhyayan Sutra which contain the last teachings of Mahavira.

The Jains celebrate the festival in a solemn way with gaiety by praying and remembering Lord Mahavira and his teachings as well begin the Jain New Year.

Unlike, other celebrants, since most important principle of Jainism is Ahinsa or non-violence, the followers avoid firecrackers during Diwali as they cause harm to living organisms. However, the Jains light up earthen lamps diyas to symbolize dispelling the darkness of ignorance.

According to historical interpretation of Jain scriptures, on the day of Lord Mahavira of Nirvana in 3rd century BCE in Pava Puri, many gods were present there, illuminating the darkness and the followers observed "Dipalika" to worship or light up lamps.

The festival of Dipalikaya is celebrated by the Jains in an atmosphere of austerity, serenity, equity, charity, and environment-consciousness. Often, they tend to avoid firecrackers on this day as they cause harm to living organisms and pollute environment.

According to Jain philosophy, one's karma or the accumulated evil and unethical deeds that one has done are the bondages and there is nothing like 'good karmas'. In other words, do not do bad deeds, the goodness will prevail automatically. The goal for the individual soul is to attain Nirvana through aestheticism.

Five tenets of Jainism are: Ahimsa or non-violence to avoid negative karma; Satya or speaking truth and avoiding falsehood; Asteya or prohibition against stealing and taking someone's thing without permission; Brahmacharya or conduct of the soul and fidelity; and Aparigraha or austerity and fostering a healthy sense of detachment from worldly things.

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