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Samvatsari (Day of Forgiveness), Dashalakshani-parva begins

Friday, September 14, 2018 (all day)

The Shvetambara sect observes Samvatsari by introspection, confession and penance.

The Digambara sect celebrates Dashalakshani-parva for ten days (until September 5) by fasting, worship, meditation, confession, and by dedicating each day to a virtue: forgiveness, humility, honesty, purity, truthfulness, self-restraint, asceticism, study, detachment, and celibacy.

The holiest period of the year for the ascetic Shvetambara sect. During this 8 day period, concluding on Samvatsari, it is a time of dedication to Jain ideals through fasting, worship of the Jina, and reading the life-story of Lord Mahavira from the Kalpasutra.

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