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Vandana – Bowing down in reverence

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Tirthankar Parmatma Shri Simandhar Swami along with 19 other Tirthankars currently reside in Mahavideh Kshetra, which lies in the north-east direction of Bharat Kshetra. We should bow down in reverence, offer prabhu vandana to these 20 Tirthankar Parmatmas. Paryushan mahaparva is not only celebrated in 5 Bharat kshetras, but also celebrated in 5 Airavat kshetras and 5 Mahavideh kshetras. During the auspicious days of Paryushan, there are spiritual practices being carried out in these other Kshetras also. We must offer our Prabhu Vandana in utmost reverence with the bhaav that even Tirthankar Parmatma would be engrossed in propounding spiritual practices during Paryushan and we wish to pay homage to their supreme sadhana and aradhana.


Prabhu Vandana helps us become humble and shed our ego. Humility is the foundation of our growth in all the spheres of life. Vandana (bowing down in reverence) gives rise to vinay (humility) which in turn is instrumental in our progress. Vandana also inspires us and strengthens our will power to tread forward on the path of Prabhu. We can offer Vandana 3 times, 27 times and during Paryushan we can also try to offer prabhu Vandana 108 times.



Paryushan Parv – the 8-day Jain Festival of Forgiveness is an occasion to eliminate the impurities that pollute the soul – such as anger, ego, greed, jealousy, deceit, attachment, hatred and much more. It is a period of emotional cleansing and becoming light and relaxed from within.


From a karmic perspective, it is said that during these 8 days, the magnetic frequencies in the entire universe are the highest. As a result, the soul vibrates the most and may even bind the karmas that determine his next birth. And therefore, Jains observe maximum sadhanas, spiritual practices, penance and fasting during these days to make the most of this auspicious period.


Param Gurudev Shree Namramuni Maharaj Saheb profoundly enlists a detailed list of Do’s and Don’ts of what should be done and what we should refrain from doing during these divine days of Paryushan. During these Paryushan days, Jains make an effort to realize, repent and seek forgiveness for mistakes made during the entire year by performing Pratikraman, Alochana fasting, taking small Pachkhan vows, etc. The last day of Paryushan, known as Samvatsari, is the day when everyone performs the annual practice of Samvatsari Pratikraman and says sorry or ‘Michhami Dukadam’ to every living of the universe for having hurt them knowingly or unknowingly through their mind, body and speech.

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