(Forgiveness Day)
Observed by Jains
Observances Pratikramana (Introspection)
Begins Chaturthi, Shukla Paksha, Bhadrapad;
4th day of waxing moon in Bhadrapada month of Jain calendar
Date August–September
2015 date September 28

Kshamavani (Prakrit phrase meaning, May all the evil that has been done be fruitless.[2]


  • Observance 1
  • Michchhami Dukkadam Prayer 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


On this sacred day, every member of the Jain community approaches everyone, irrespective of religion, and begs for forgiveness for all their faults or mistakes, committed either knowingly or unknowingly. Thus relieved of the heavy burden hanging over their head of the sins of yesteryears, they start life afresh, living in peaceful co-existence with others. Indeed, this day is not merely a traditional ritual, but a first step on their path to liberation or salvation, the final goal of every man's life, according to the teachings of Jainism.[3]

Forgiveness is the other name of non-violence (Ahimsa) which shows the right path of 'Live and Let Live' to one and all. Forgiveness teaches us Ahimsa (non-violence) and through ahimsa we should learn to practice forbearance.

Michchhami Dukkadam Prayer

Khamemi Savve Jiva I forgive all living beings.
Savve Jiva Khamantu me May all souls forgive me,
Mitti me Savva Bhooesu I am friendly terms with all,
Veram Majjham Na Kenvi I have no animosity toward any soul.
Michchhami Dukkadam May all my faults be dissolved.
खम्मामि सव्व जीवेषु सव्वे जीवा खमन्तु में, मित्ति में सव्व भू ए सू वैरम् मज्झणम् केण वि
Khämemi Savve Jivä, Savve Jivä Khamantu Mi Mitti Me Savva bhuesu, Veram majjham na Kenai.
सब जीवों को मै क्षमा करता हूं, सब जीव मुझे क्षमा करे सब जीवो से मेरा मैत्री भाव रहे, किसी से वैर-भाव नही रहे

Kshamavani Parva celebrates forgiveness as a way to a life of love, friendship, peace and harmony. When you forgive, you stop feeling resentful; there is no more indignation or anger against another for a perceived offence, difference or mistake; there is no clamour for punishment. It means the end of violence (Himsa).[4]

See also


  1. ^ Same day as Ganesh Chaturthi.
  2. ^ Chapple. C.K. (2006) Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life Delhi:Motilal Banarasidas Publ. ISBN 978-81-208-2045-6 p.46
  3. ^ Kshamavaani Day or kshama Divas of Jain People
  4. ^ http://www.jaindharmonline.com/kshma.htm "Kshamavani Parv" . 

External links

  • Celebrate Forgiveness: Kshamavani Divas
  • Kshamavani Parva