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Samvatsari  

13th September, 2021 Culture and Heritage

 

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Context

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Samvatsari.

 

About

  • Saṃvatsarī is the last day of Paryushana Shwetambar sect of Jainism.
  • On this day, Jains forgive and seek forgiveness for their mistakes committed knowingly or unknowingly from all the living beings.
  • A yearly, elaborate penitential retreat called "samvatsari pratikramana" is performed on this day.
  • After the pratikramana, Jains seek forgiveness from all the creatures of the world, including friends and relatives by uttering the phrase — Micchami Dukkadam or its variants like "Khamau Sa", "Uttam Kshama" or "Khamat Khamna".
  • While Samvatsari and Kshamavaani are typically associated with Shwetambar sect and Digambara respectively, there is no major difference between the two days and both are observed as Forgiveness Days.

 

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