Paryushan is an 8 day festival in Jainism observed around August and September, depending on the lunar calendar. The word Paryushan has several meanings; Pari means all kinds and Ushan means to burn, so one meaning is to burn all kinds of karma. Another meaning of Paryushan is to get closer to one’s soul, through introspection, meditation, and austerities. Das Lakshan, meanwhile, is a 10 day festival that occurs directly after Paryushan. Its name references the ten virtues that are celebrated during each day of the holiday.

Overall, Paryushan is a time in which Jains try to reduce their involvement with worldly affairs like shopping, socializing, entertainment, and eating out. Instead, a Jain is supposed to spend the time focusing inward on their own soul, reflecting on their habits and actions and affirming their commitments to Jain principles. The final day of Paryushan, and the beginning of Das Lakshan, centers on forgiveness and is the day all Jains are asked to do Samvatsari Pratikraman.

This year, Paryushan begins on Friday August 18th, and Das Lakshan begins on Saturday August 26th. During these important days, YJA will be posting on its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapstory with information about these days and ideas for practicing Jainism on those days, especially for those of you who are not near temples or may be just starting college and have moved away from home. The first three days of Paryushan, we will focus on the 3 A’s, Jainism’s most fundamental principles. For the last five days, we will highlight the 5 essentials of Paryushan and ideas for ways that each of us can practice them. During Das Lakshana, each day we will focus on that day’s associated virtue or Yati Dharma and give ideas related to that.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email education@yja.org. We hope this content is useful and informative, and helps you find meaning and value in this most important of Jain festivals!

Micchami Dukkadam!

ideas and information

Resources

Das Lakshan Activity Tracker

Celebrating Das Lakshan away from home? YJA has you covered. Try these activities that allow you to reflect on Jain principles and don’t require going to a temple, organized around the 10 Yati Dharmas celebrated each day of Das Lakshan. These virtues are said to be the inherent qualities of every soul which are obscured due to our karma and personal limitations. Choose one goal per day or write in your own, and feel free to take notes on what resonates with you. If you are going offline for Das Lakshan, print this out beforehand!

Download Tracker

Paryushan Activity Tracker

Paryushan is the most important time of year for Shvetambar Jains, yet many young Jains find it difficult to celebrate if they have moved away from home. Struggling to cook Jain food while adjusting to a college dorm? No temples in your state? YJA has you covered. We’ve come up with many ideas of ways you can reflect on and adhere to Jain principles that don’t require going to a temple, organized around the larger themes of the 3 A’s (first three days) and the 5 essential activities of Paryushan which are recommended for all Jains (last 5 days). Choose one goal per day to follow or write in your own, and feel free to take notes on what resonates with you at the bottom of the page. If you are going offline for Paryushan, make sure to print this out beforehand!

Download Tracker

Jain Center Activities

See the Paryushan and Das Lakshan activities at Jain Centers across the country, ranging from Jain meals to Pratikraman gatherings to lectures and discussions. If you are looking for more information, you can email events@yja.org and we’ll help put you in touch with the local sangh!

Find Activities

YJA Paryushan and Das Lakshan Newsletter

We’ve compiled recipes, resources, and information on YJA gatherings for Paryushan and Das Lakshan across the country, all in one handy reference!

YJA Pathshala

If you just want to learn more, start off with Jainism basics through these interactive lessons.

Jain E-Library

This website has countless resources you can find introductory materials, spiritual readings, news articles and more to help broaden your understanding of this festival

English Pratikraman Recording

Use this recording of the adapted Pratikraman practice in English as a guide if doing Pratikraman on your own or with a group.