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Jaipur gears up for Jain festival of Bhagvan Parshwanath Jayanti
In Jaipur, the birth anniversary of Bhagvan Parshvanatha - the 23rd of 24 Tirthankaras of Jainism - is going to be celebrated on December 13, but on Tuesday, a Shobha Yatra was organized starting from Jain temple at Ghee-walon-ka-rasta.

The Jains in the Pink City will organize devotional worship of the Tirthankara depicted with the serpent hood over his head in various Jain temples dotting the city.

According to the Jain texts, Bhagvan Parshvanatha was born in Benares and renounced the worldly life and founded an ascetic community based on tradition of the four fold restraints, namely, don't kill, don't steal, don't lie and don't own property.

He is regarded by the followers as a ford-maker who removes obstacles. It is held that he attained Nirvana on Mount Sammeta at Madhuban in Jharkhand which is an important pilgrimage site for the followers of Jainism.

According to the follower, Bhagvan Parshvanatha regarded non-stealing as the practice of "not using another's property without their explicit permission" and "celibacy" as a part of "non-possession".

In Jain temples, Bhagvan Parshvanatha is usually depicted in Lotus position or Kayotsarga posture with his head shielded by a multi-headed serpent fanned like an umbrella. Often, his iconography is usually accompanied by Dharnendra and Padmavati, the snake god and goddess of Jainism.

In India, Navagraha Jain Temple has the tallest monolithic statue of Bhagvan Parshvanatha which is in kayotsarga posture. The statue is 61 feet tall and stands on a 48-foot high pedestal with a total weight of 185 tons.

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