Navkarshi means to eat and drink 48 mins after sunrise. Paryushan, the Jain festival is the most auspicious time to abstain from food and water or practice any kind of fasting. One should practice the fast of Navkarshi on a daily basis and during Paryushan Mahaparva one must make an effort to uplift his soul by practicing various austerities such as porsi (eat and drink approximately 3 hours after sunrise), 2 porsi (eat and drink approximately 6 hours after sunrise), upvaas (complete abstinence from food and water throughout the day), ekasana (eating only one time a day) or upvaas on all 8 days of Paryushan. 

Every individual should practice as per their own capacity. If the above austerities seem difficult to practice due to health constraints, then one can observe Chauvihar, that is refraining from consuming food and sometimes water for a few hours in between meals during the day time.

Observing small fasts and vows, is also greatly instrumental in karma nirjara (shedding of karma). Performing any kind of Tapp is the jewel of Paryushan. 

Paryushan Parv – the 8 days Jain Festival of Forgiveness is an occasion to fulfill the responsibilities towards our soul. Paryushan parv is the time when our soul vibrates the most and thus during this time, a seeker should indulge in small small tasks that will make his spiritual journey all the more worthwhile. Rashtrasant Param Gurudev Shree Namramuni Maharaj Saheb profoundly enlists a detailed list of Do’s and Don’ts of what should be done and what we should refrain from doing during these divine days of Paryushan. During these Paryushan days, one should realize, repent and seek forgiveness for his mistakes by performing Pratikraman, Alochana fasting, taking small Pachkhan vows, etc. If a seeker is not well versed with the process and pronunciation of Pratikraman, he/she can purify his soul by also taking the support of Online Pratikraman Aradhana

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