Amdavad witnessed a festive environment on Monday as two communities celebrated the day amid great fervour. While Hindus welcomed Lord Ganesh to their homes, Jains celebrated Samvatsari.
The upashrays were full of Jain devotees from Monday afternoon to celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the Jains Samvatsari the last day of Paryushan. Samvatsari witnessed devotees seeking forgiveness from each other. “This day holds an important place for us as we wash off our sins. If we have hurt anyone knowingly or unknowingly any time throughout the year, this is the day to repent and say sorry,” said Jigar Sanghvi, member of the Uvashagram Parshwanath Jain Sangh at Vejalpur.
Not only people, but even the smallest creature or insect is given importance for saying Micchammi Dukadam. The pratikraman began around 3.30 pm at every upashray on Monday as the rituals have to be over before sunset. Not only Samvatsari, but bhajan-sangeet was held at those Jain houses where one or more family members have observed fast for eight days.
Speaking to dna about how he celebrated the day, a member of the Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO), Pravesh Mehta, said: “I observed a single day fast and began my day by visiting the upashray and seeking the blessings of Maharaj saheb. We visited the Rajasthan Sthanakvaasi Sangh at Shahibaug with family and witnessed one of the beautiful moments of repenting for hurting others knowingly or unknowingly.”
The Jains of the city and the sadhus are engaged in preparing for D-day i.e. Maas Paarna on the Sabarmati riverfront on Wednesday when nearly 1,300 Jains would take part and perform Paarna together in the morning.
Paarna is one of the rituals observed after Paryushan, which indicates ending the fast.