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Shaswati Navpad Oli/Ayambil
March 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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
This year, we will have Ayambil on all 9 days at our temple between 12 and 1 pm except for sunday, March 25th from 1pm to 2 pm.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.
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