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Significance of Raksha Bandhan in Jainism
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.

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