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Navpad Oli and Ayambil – September 27th – October 5th
September 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Navpad Oli (Sep 27th to Oct 5th)
Shaswati Navpad Oli (Wednesday, September 27th to Thursday, October 5th)
It is one of the most important Parva / religious festival of the Jain community. Navpad Oli comes twice in a year. The first one falls in the bright fortnight of Ashwina month (September/October) and the second during the bright fortnight of Chaitra month (March/April). The devotees observe Ayambil tapa during nine days of Navpad Oli along with a special kind of worship, holy recitation and meditation in honor of the Navpad. The word ‘Navpad’ means nine supreme posts of the universe – Arihant, Siddha, Acharya, Upadhyay, Sadhu, Darshan (right belief), Jnan (right knowledge), Charitra (right action) and Tapa (right austerity)
Jain literature (Kalpasutra) indicates that Navpad Oli is Shaswati, meaning permenant. Navpad Olifestival exists in all time cycles (past, present, and future). This provides significant important to the Navpad Oli. The story of Shripal and Mayanasundari are connected with this observance.
We should try to do Ayambil during these auspicious days.
For more information on SIDDHA CHAKRA & the ritual of the Navpad Oli, please read here
Ayambil at Jain Center during Navpad Oli
This year, we will have Ayambil on all 9 days at our temple between 12 and 1 pm during Oli. If you are planning to do ayambil, please come and do it at temple with sangh. Several members are volunteering to facilitate cooking ayambil food for tapasvis.
If you want to sponsor ayambils during this Oli, sponsorship is only $151. Please send your names for ayambil participation / volunteering to cook Ayambil food / Sponsorship to Pallavi Shah at (301) 260-1264, Vaishali Chedda at (410) 564-4758, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jhalak Mehta at 240-461-1802, Mehta.email@example.com.