The Jains celebrate Raksha Bandhan to signify self-protection against physical violence achieved through conquering over the vagaries of mind and self-restraint.
The festival is celebrated on the last day of the
month of Shravan. As the legend goes, on this day, the infliction of
physical torture on Jain monk Akampanacharya and his seven hundred
disciples was stopped through spiritual powers of the monks.
Thus, for the Jains, the festival of Raksha Bandhan
is associated with protection of the Jain religion through peaceful
means against the intended torture by King Bali. Therefore, the Jains
celebrate this festival with utmost faith and enthusiasm that victory
over mind is the means of biggest self-protection. On this day, the
believers go to Jain temples and worship seven hundred monks and
repose their faith in the precepts of self-victory and non-violence.
The message of the observance is that those who are
engaged in the pursuit of their souls must regard it as a personal
faith and not indulge in discussions with others on their religious
practices. According to Jainism, one who is striving for
soul-realization or 'nirvana' should engage himself or herself in
metaphysical contemplation alone with neutrality towards worldly
affairs and diverse views.
The festival is a reminder for the followers that
they should have deep faith in pacifism, respect for diversity and
non-violence towards all living beings. In Jainism, an individual
that has conquered his or her own inner enemies or vices to achieve
the ego-less state of Supreme Being is called Jina.