The science behind Paryushan

The science behind Paryushan

Paryushan Parva is celebrated by the Jain community across the world for self-purification and self upliftment. The purpose of this festival is to repent and seek forgiveness for any kind of sins committed. The fasting during this period is significant as it connects oneself to their soul. 

 

What does the word Paryushan mean?

PARI = from all directions + USHAN = to stay closer

PARYUSHAN = To stay closer to our soul from all the directions

 

The festival is celebrated across 8 days and each day focuses on eliminating various impurities like anger, pride, deceit, and greed and building good virtues. Fasting during this period is a chance to eliminate bad karma and develop good habits like discipline, self-control, and patience. It is celebrated on the 5 main principles of Jainism

  1. Ahimsa (Non-Violence)
  2. Satya (Truthful)
  3. Asteya (Abstinence from Stealing)
  4. Brahmacharya
  5. Aparigraha

 

Jainism, as a religion are a firm believer of Non-Violence, in any form. They have been practicing food habits that have been scientifically approved. The practice of eating food before sunset and having a gap of 2-3 hours between dinner and sleep time, has been practiced in Jainism since long, today we know it is Intermediate fasting.

Green Vegetables are a strict no for the Jain community during Monsoons. As the rainy season is the most favorable time for microorganisms to breed, resulting in the practice of Chaumasa, during which Jains abstain from eating most of the green vegetables.

As Paryushan is being celebrated across the globe by the Jain community, here is a small dessert recipe that can be enjoyed by all the family members and is a quick recipe

 

Dessert Recipe

 

Gond Ki Raab

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons edible gum crystals (gond), broken into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • ½ cup Jaggery
  • ¼ cup grated desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons almond silvers
  • 2 tablespoons almond silvers
  • 2 tablespoons broken cashew nuts

Method

  • Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, ad edible gum crystals and let them pop
  • Add 2-3 cups water and stir continuously the mixture till thickens
  • Add Jaggery and mix well till it melts. Add desiccated coconut and mix well. Simmer for a minute. Add almond and cashew nuts and mix well
  • Transfer gond ki raab in a serving bowl and serve hot 

 

Goond has many health benefits like it helps in preventing heart strokes, good for pregnant women and lactating mothers, prevents constipation and is extremely beneficial for skin and beauty. Do try this recipe and let us know your response via comments

 

Paryushan concludes with people greeting each other “Micchammi Dukadam” which means “May all the evil that has been done be fruitless”

On the last day, which is known as Samvatsari, people greet family, friends and all others with this phrase, thus seeking forgiveness for any kind of hurt or harm caused intentionally or unintentionally. By saying this phrase, you are forgiving those who have done wrong to you and those to whom you have done wrong

 

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