Jain Rituals

Topics: Jainism, Personal life, Mahavira Pages: 16 (5489 words) Published: September 11, 2013
Hansa and Vinod Sutaria Cleveland, OH

JAIN RITUALS AND CEREMONIES
Introduction..................................................................................................................... 2 Six Essentials: ................................................................................................................. 2 1. Samayik: ............................................................................................................. 2 2. Chaturvimsati: ......................................................................................................... 3 3. Vandan:................................................................................................................... 5 4. Pratikraman: ............................................................................................................ 5 5. Kayotsarg:............................................................................................................... 7 6. Pratyakhan: ............................................................................................................. 7 Rituals in Jainism:........................................................................................................... 8 Daily worship of idols: ................................................................................................ 8 Special (Parva) Dev pujas-Poojan:............................................................................. 10 Penances ....................................................................................................................... 13 External Austerities ............................................................................................... 14 Internal Austerity................................................................................................... 16 Special Austerities:.................................................................................................... 17 Jain Pilgrims Places: .................................................................................................... 18 Bibliography ................................................................................................................. 19

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JAIN RITUALS AND CEREMONIES Introduction
Each religion has it’s own codes of conducts. These codes are heart of religion and keep it alive. The religious thoughts are shaped by its philosophy. The philosophy cannot last unless it has support of conduct. The rituals are not monotonous, senseless activities, but each one has deep meaning behind them. Virtues like non-violence, forbearance, simplicity and straightforwardness are cultivated during religious rituals. Rituals are performed on daily bases and on certain occasions. The rituals which are must, are called Essentals (Awashyak), meant for Sadhus and Shravaks. It is believed these essentials were revealed through Tirthanker’s vani and then, gandhar bhagvan composed in 48 minutes for Sangh. Another view about origin is that these were prepared after Sudharmaswami’s time. Whatever the origin, considering its importance, Acharya Shri Bhadrabahuswami narrated and further, Shri Haribhadrasuri described in detail. Later on, also many Acharys and Sadhus have Written commentaries, every now and then and made it very acceptable and Practicable. We should be able to accept these as ‘ESSENTIALS’. In modern, progressive Scientific era, when values of everything have been changed; in that time, i.e. about 2000-2500 years old essentials appear very scientific, to live healthier life, physically, as well as spiritually. It is our responsibility to understand it and make others, particularly to new generation to understand and accept its value. Essential ceremonies are like sandalwood. We need to scrub it again and again to experience coolness nor you enjoy the fragrance. Similarly these essentials are not occasional ceremonies, but those should be performing everyday, which help us to gain control over our...


Bibliography: 1. Primary principles of Jainism. Harendra Shah, of Northern California Jain Center 2. Jain Achara Mimansa. Chandrahas Trivedi 3. Jain Prashnottarmala. Pandit Dirajalal Mehta. 4. Navtatva Saral Parichaya. Sunundaben Vohra. 5. Pathshala Level 3. Premchand Gada. 6. Jain Fundamentals. Pravin K Shah, Jain Study Center of Northern California. ________________________________________________________________________
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