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Jain Holidays and Observances

Jain Holidays and Observances: Jain Culture & Traditions

Jain Holidays and Observances: The most famous of all Jain festivals, Mastakabhisheka (“Head Anointment”), is performed every 12 years at the Digambara sacred complex at Shravanabelagola (“White Lake of the Ascetics”) in Karnataka state. In this ceremony the 57-foot- (17-metre-) high statue of Bahubali is anointed from above with a variety of substances (water, milk, flowers, etc.) in the presence …

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नवकार मंत्र: Most significant mantra in Jainism

नवकार मंत्र: Most significant mantra in Jainism

नवकार मंत्र: Navakar Mantra The Ṇamōkāra Mantra (णमोकार मन्त्र), also variously referred to as the Navakar Mantra (नवकार मन्त्र), Namaskār Mantra (नमस्कार मन्त्र) or the Pancha Parameshti Namaskār, is the most significant mantra in Jainism. Jain Prakrit णमो अरिहंताणं णमो सिद्धाणं णमो आयरियाणं णमो उवज्झायाणं णमो लोए सव्व साहूणं एसोपंचणमोक्कारो, सव्वपावप्पणासणो मंगला णं च सव्वेसिं, पडमम हवई मंगलं Transliterated to …

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Who was the 23rd Tirthankara in Jainism?

Who was the 23rd Tirthankara in Jainism?

Parshvanath or Parshvanatha was the twenty-third Tirthankara (fordmaker) in Jainism. He is the earliest Jain leader generally accepted as a historical figure. He was a nobleman belonging to the Kshatriya caste. Parshvanath is also known as Appandai or Appandainathar. He lived a life of a nobleman for 30 years and was never married, before he renounced the world to become …

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What is Jainism? Main Points

What is Jainism? Main Points

Jainism is an Indian religion that prescribes pacifism and a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity of self-effort to move the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation. Any soul that has conquered its own inner enemies and achieved the state of supreme being is called Jina (Conqueror or Victor). Jainism is also …

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Brief Introduction to Jainism: Culture & Traditions

Brief Introduction to Jainism: Culture & Traditions

Brief Introduction to Jainism: The word “Jain” is derived from Jina (“Victor,” or “Conqueror”) implying final victory over bondage to life’s misery. Jainism has the universal message of nonviolence. The absence of a creator god in Jainism can be understood as a reaction against the nature worship of early Vedic religion, the priestly order of Brahmanism, and the theology of …

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Jainism at A Glance: Jain beliefs and practices

Jainism at A Glance: Jain beliefs and practices

Jainism at A Glance: Jainism is an ancient religion from India that teaches that the way to liberation and bliss is to live lives of harmlessness and renunciation. The essence of Jainism is concern for the welfare of every being in the universe and for the health of the universe itself. Jainism at A Glance: Most Jains live in India, …

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Mahavir Jayanti Celebration in Jain Community

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration: Jain Culture & Traditions

Mahavir Jayanti is the most auspicious day for the followers of Jainism and particularly the Digambars. On Mahavir Jayanti, Jain temples are decorated with flags. In the morning the idol of Mahavira is given a ceremonial bath called the ‘Abhishek’. It is then placed in a cradle and carried in a procession around the neighborhood. The devotees make offerings of …

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Lord Mahavira: Early Life, Ascetic, as a Teacher

Lord Mahavira: Jain Culture & Traditions

Mahavira is regarded as the man who gave Jainism its present-day form; although this is true only in the widest sense. He is sometimes wrongly called “the founder of Jainism“. Mahavira is only this world’s most recent tirthankara (and will be the last one in this age). It may be more useful to think of him as a reformer and …

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Legends of Mahavira Jayanti

Legends of Mahavira Jayanti: Jain Culture & Traditions

Legends of Mahavira Jayanti: The two sects, namely the Digambars and the Svetambaras, have slightly different stories related to the birth of Lord Mahavira. According to the Digambar school of Jainism, Lord Mahavira was born in 615 BC, but according to the Svetambaras, he was born in 599 BC. Though the two sects believe that he was the son of …

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Mahavir Jayanti Culture & Traditions

Mahavir Jayanti: Jain Culture & Traditions

Mahavir Jayanti Culture & Traditions – Founded in the 6th century BC, Jainism is one of the most significant religions of the world. The foundation and formation of the religion rested on twenty-four prophets (Tirthankaras) who arrived in the world to deliver the message of peace and tolerance to the people of the world and show the path of spiritual …

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