The ten day Jain Daslakhana or Paryushan Parva concluded yesterday in Jaipur on September 19, with processions by the Digambar Jain Yuva Sangh and the Charurmas Samiti in various parts of city, where followers participated enthusiastically. Festivities were held at the Adinath Jain temple in Shyam Nagar to conclude the festival, reported Rajasthan Partika.
After Diwali, Daslakhana Parva is the biggest festival for the Jains. The festival is related to the observance of ten universal virtues such as Dharma, Seva, Kshanti, Mridutvmrijuta, Shotmath, Satyam, Akinchanyam, Brahm, Tyagshch, Tapashch, Sanyamshcheti.
Jains believe that this festival helps in purifying the soul. The festival is celebrated by the Digambara Jains in a big way to practise penances, vows, fast and study. If not fasting, Jains refrain from eating root vegetables.
"The real purpose of Paryushan is to purify our soul by staying closer to our own soul, to look at our own faults, to ask for forgiveness for the mistakes we have committed knowingly or unknowingly, and apply vows to destroy karmas. The main cause of all sorrows and sufferings is impurity of soul. In this period each and every individual tries to purify his soul through different spiritual practices," says jainsquare portal.
Some main objectives of celebrating this festival is to practice tolerance, frugality, humility and make the body, mind and speech pure by discarding greed, shunning anger, subduing vanity and vanquishing the passion of deception.
The main objectives of Daslaskhana festival are related to practicing austerities; putting a check on all worldly allurements; enhancing faith in the real self as against non-self, and observe the great vow for devotion of the inner soul.
The vratas or vows are considered to be the most important during the festival, as they lead to contemplation and understanding of the true nature of the soul with the aim of its purification, the ultimate goal of practicing the ten virtues.