Paryushana is an eight day Jain festival of reflection and seeking forgiveness for one’s sins. Jainism has two main sects, Svetambara and Digambara. Svetambaras refer the festival as Paryushana which is celebrated for eight days while Digambaras refer it as Daslakshana celebrated for ten days. The festival concludes with the celebration of Kshamavani i.e. forgiveness day. In 2017, the annual festival begins on August 18 and concludes on August 25.
Mumbai: Slamming Jains for their insistence on banning sale of meat during their festival ‘Paryushan’, the Shiv Sena today said the community’s stance on practicing “non-violence” comes as a surprise now as they purportedly supported violence during the 1993 riots in the city. The party accused the Jains of doing a volte-face for altering their position on “non-violence”. “Until now, only fanatic Muslims used to bully people in the name of religion. If
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