Paryushan Parva is the most important festivals in Jainism. It is celebrated in the auspicious month ‘Bhadrapad’ of the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated to purify our soul by staying closer to our own soul, to look at our own faults, to ask for forgiveness for the mistakes that we have committed and take vows to minimize our faults in future
Paryushan Parva also known as Paryushana with Svetambara Jains and Daslakshana with Digambara Jains but the starting dates of the festival are different for both the sects.
For Swetambaras it is a 8-day festival which starts from Shravan Krishan baarasa and ends on Bhadrapada Shukla panchami. On the other hand for Digambaras it is a 10-day period festival starting from Bhadrapada Shukla Panchami and ends on Bhadrapada Shukla chudas. The last day is called Samvatsari.
When is Paryushan Maha Parva & Samvatsari in 2017 :
From 19th to 26th August 2017 for Swetambaras.
Note : The dates may vary by one day for Sthanakvasi and Deravasi (Murtipujak) – the subdivisions of Swetambaras.
From 26th August to 5th September 2017 for Digambaras.