What is a festival day (Parva - a Jain Festival) according to Jainism?
The daily worship is always fruitful and useful for the upliftment of the soul, but the day of festival or parva is a special day of worshipping, a special kind of worshipping and there is always an ancient event joined with the day. The Parva has some special kind of rites that can increase merits for future. More Penance, more worship, more religious activities are done on the day of Parva. A Soul can create or bind the 'Aayushya Karma' of the next births in future.
Every Parva is celebrated with some special rules and principles. The rites of worship and activities have some special kind of importance in Jain festivals.
Those who are true will make all pleasant,
They will decorate even the false.
If the drops of scent falls on the flowers of paper,
Man can make them beautiful with smell.
In the same way we can make our life sweet with smell by celebrating religious festivals. This is celebrated as under :
On this day, the first Tirthankar of the present era, Rushabha Dev got Nirvana on the Ashtapad mountain. So it is the day of his Nirvan Kalyanaka.
- This ceremony is celebrated in the rememberance of Pingal Kumar.
- The observer has to do a fast with Paushadh for 13 years and 13 months each year on this day.
- He has to make 5 Merus, and do Jap with the Pad of 'Aum Rhim Shrim Adinath Parangataya Namh-20 Navakarvalis.
The observer of this ceremony can get happiness of Meru and his soul gets true wealth of religious performance.