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Week-long Jain festival 'Paryushana Parva' begins


Week-long Jain festival 'Paryushana Parva' begins

Rajkot, Sep 11 (ANI): The Jain fasting festival of 'Paryushan', for which several Indian states imposed a meat ban, began. Members of the Jain community will be fasting for week, till September 17.

In Rajkot city of Gujarat, most of the historical places, sacred to the Jain religion have been decorated with pure gold and silver. The Jain temple of Derasar at Mandvi Chowk in Rajkot could be seen decorated with silvers and gold by the various artists.

Members of India's tiny but financially powerful Jain community will observe a religious fast for eight days. Government officials said they demanded the ban as their religion prescribes non-violence to all living beings.

It is not unusual for authorities to impose meat-free days and ban alcohol on national days, but the latest strictures angered many who said religious groups should not impose their preferences. However, supporting the ban, a Jain leader from Rajkot, Alpesh Mehta said the meat ban is a continuum of Hindu tradition, and is

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