Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Samvatsari.
What is ‘Samvatsari’?
- Saṃvatsarī is the last day of Paryushana Shwetambar sect of Jainism.
- It falls on Shukla Panchami each year in the Jain calendar month of Bhadrapada, somewhere between the middle of August and September in the Gregorian calendar.
- On this day, Jains forgive and seek forgiveness for their mistakes committed knowingly or unknowingly from all the living beings.
- A yearly, elaborate penitential retreat called “samvatsari pratikramana” is performed on this day.
- After the pratikramana, Jains seek forgiveness from all the creatures of the world, including friends and relatives by uttering the phrase — Micchami Dukkadam or its variants like “Khamau Sa”, “Uttam Kshama” or “Khamat Khamna”.