Symbolic Actions

Worship is performed in home shrines and temples and community halls either specially built or rented for purposes of personal and communal worship. Worship is conducted through recitation of prayers, through puja or a bathing of the sacred images, through meditation, collective singing and recitation of sacred words and scriptures, through art and ritual implements, use of flowers and rice and other natural ingredients.

Ideally, each morning, Jains recite sacred verses when they wake, whilst saluting five kinds of spiritual beings. They vow to live a good life and not to injure living beings. Often they will go to the temple to bow before twenty-four images of the jinas and perform the puja. The most important Jain observance is pratikramana or penitential retreat which is to rid the believer of karma that is gained either knowingly or unknowingly through a person’s daily life.

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