How Japan and Jainism are Interlinked? Find out about the popular Jain Practices in last few Decades!

Jainism devotees in Japan drink boiled water and observe different practices like Chovihar and Aththai

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Mahavir. Wikimedia
  • It has become a ritual for the group to visit the Gachchanath Manoharpritisurishwar Maharaj wherever he spends his chaturmaas (four months of monsoon) every year
  • They wear traditional Indian outfits, don tilaks and recite the Navkar mantra
  • Jain practices give peace of mind and take practitioners to a higher plane of consciousness

Ahmedabad, 24 Sept 2016: Japanese have adopted a number of Jain practices over the past decades. They wear traditional Indian outfits, don tilaks and recite the Navkar mantra whenever the devotees meet or visit the Gachchanath Manoharpritisurishwar Maharaj at Paldi.

According to Acharya Udaykirtisagar Maharaj, the group performs religious rituals at home and has adopted the vegetarian diet. The group has also accepted vaskshep and raksha potli from gurus. They drink boiled water and observe different practices like Chovihar and Aththai, quoted TOI.

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Mahavirswami Jain temple in Japan. Wikimedia
Mahavirswami Jain temple in Japan. Wikimedia

He said to TOI, “It has become a ritual for the group to visit the Gachchanath Manoharpritisurishwar Maharaj wherever he spends his chaturmaas (four months of monsoon) every year.”

A wedding counsellor in Japan, Mai Tahibana said, the members of the group are also learning Hindi to understand the Indian culture. He further added, “Jain practices give peace of mind and take practitioners to a higher plane of consciousness.”

An academic, Kon Taro said, he has been studying Jain astrology under the guidance of experts. He further said, “I have embraced Jain practices for the past seven years. We perform group prayers in Japan. I was not a practitioner of Buddhism, but when I came to know about Jainism, I found a connect,” mentioned the news portal.

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The members of the group said they keep in contact with the Jain monks. Technology helps them to be in touch, to understand various practices, and also to seek guidance over various matters from personal to professional.

– prepared by NewsGram Team

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