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Toronto Jain temple celebrates Paryushan festival
The Jain temple in suburban Etobicoke of Toronto in Canada is celebrating week-long Paryushan festival this year stating from August 25 with Snatra Pooja and Sutravachan, informs their website.

As usual on the last of the festival, the followers will say to one another Samatsari Pratikramana and Micchami Dukkadam - an expression for forgiveness for offenses committed during the past year.

Every year, the festival is celebrated under the auspices of Toronto Jain Society which has a sizable membership of few thousand individuals and brings out a newsletter to keep the members in touch.

During the festival period all the rituals are performed and prayer meaning thus is held by the followers both at home and the temple: I forgive all living beings! May all souls forgive me! I have fellow feeling for all! I have no animosity toward any soul! May all my sins be dissolved!.

The Jain Society of Toronto (JSOT) has been established with objectives to provide a forum for Jains in Canada to observe and perform various activities related to Jainism; to preserve Jain culture for future generations; and to promote fellowship among all Jains, informs the website.

The JSOT actively engages itself in promoting Ahimsa and ecological tenets of Jainism in Canada. The Jain Centre, run by the society, has a large prayer hall, library, stages for cultural and religious activities, convening area for pathshala, meetings, cooking and collective eating.

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