What is Das Lakshan?
Das Lakshan is a ten-day* period of reflection and restraint followed by Digambar Jains. It is an observance similar to the Shvetambar tradition of Paryushan where Jains try to minimalize their attachment to food, luxuries, and other worldly items.
Each day of Das Lakshan symbolizes one of the ten Yati Dharmas, or virtues, specifically Kshama (Forgiveness), Mardava (Humility), Ardava (Straightforwardness), Shaucha (Contentment), Sanyam (Restraint), Satya (Truthfulness), Tap (Austerity), Tyag (Renunciation), Akinchanya (Non-possessiveness), and Brahmacharya (Celibacy). Many temples hold pujas each day, as well as lectures on the relevant topic. During each day, Digambar Jains focus on the respective Yati Dharma and work to increasingly incorporate it into their lives.
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