During this period, the Jain community will partake only one meal in a day. Often, Jains eat one Rotli without Ghee or Butter in the day as semi-fasting practice. Jains are not supposed to eat root vegetables at all during the festival.
The Jain festival to be celebrated this month called Nav Padji Oili is also known as Shashvati Oli. All the nine days of the festival, Jains worship Navkarmantra Pads at the temple or at home whatever they can.
It is believed that sincere observance of the festival makes the follower a virtuous person. The word Navapada means nine supreme posts life called Arihant, Siddha, Acharya, Upadhyaya, Sadhu, Samyag Darshan, Samyag Jnyan, Samyag Charitra and Samyag Tapa.
The prayer during the festival consists of reciting the following: Aum Rhim Namo Arihantanam / Aum Rhim Namo Siddhanam / Aum Rhim Namo Aayariyanam / Aum Rhim Namo Uvajzayanam / Aum Rhim Namo Loe Savva Sahunam / Aum Rhim Namo Dansanassa / Aum Rhim Namo Nanassa / Aum Rhim Namo Charittassa / Aum Rhim Namo Tavvasa.
In fact, Nav Padji Oli is observed twice a year. One in the beginning of winter and second the end of summer. Timings are crucial for one’s mental and physical health because of moderate climate. Devotion and Navpad prayer keeps the believers mentally healthy whereas fasting with daily prayers give them a feeling of well being.