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Partyshana Parva FESTIVALS

It is a jain festival, and is celebrated by both the Shvetambar and the Digambar sects in the month of Bhadra (August- September). The Shvetambar jians start observing it in the dark half for month from the 13th day up to the fifth day of the bright half for eight days. But the Digambar (the sky- clad) Jains begin to observe it from the fifth day of the bright half of Bhadra and terminated it after eight days on the 13th lunar day. This festival signifies a man�s emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement from that of the gross and depraved world.

The ten cardinal virtues cultivated during this festival are forgiveness, charity, simplicity, contentment, truthfulness, self- restraint, fasting, detachment, humility and continence. During the festival all the above ten virtues are lectured upon by the jain saints and their cultivation stressed upon.

Throughout all these days of the celebration, the devout jains keep fast, eat only once I a day, worship the Tirthankaras, and try to imbibe the qualities ad virtues of great jain saints and preacher. This is also an occasion for self- analysis ad criticism and to do away with ones own shortcomings.