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Shwetambar Jain Paryushan festival of eight days concludes in Jaipur today
Shwetambar Jain Paryushan festival of eight days (August 18-25) concludes today with Kshmavani Diwas, in which the celebrants do self-reflection for seeking forgiveness for their mistakes and hurts to others.

The messages such as 'Micchami Dukkadam'; 'Uttam Kshama' or "If I have offended you in any way, knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word or deed, then I seek your forgiveness," are being shared on social media.

Yesterday, Roth Teej of frugal and simple meal was observed and I tasted the food brought by my wife from the Jain family household, she was invited to. Many followers fast throughout the festival days by consuming only boiled water, while most others have one small meal a day. It is held that it helps the Jains to attain good health.

Shwetambaras refer to the festival as Paryushana which is celebrated for eight days while Digambaras refer it as Daslakshana celebrated for ten days, and for the latter, the festival will start from August 26.

During the festival, five main tenets of Jainism are revisited and reflected upon. The main tenets are Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truth), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (chastity) and Aparigraha (non-possession). The Jain munis and sadhivis hold discourses on these five virtues during the festival.

The main aim of Paryushana is self-purification and move towards self-realisation and self-upliftment.

And today, at the end of the festival, the followers are requesting and seeking forgiveness. Now, the messages are being shared on mobile phones and social media.

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