Monday, August 24, 2009



On the auspicious day of Paryushan Parva, we say Michchami Dukkadam after performing the Pratikraman - some of you might be knowing the meaning of it and some of you might just be saying it as formality. Please read if you do not know the meaning:

Michcha = become fruitless (miththya)
Mi = mine (by me)
Dukkadam = bad deed

So covering up the meaning of these words, it sums as ‘may the bad deed (dushkrutya) done by me become fruitless’. This bad deed may be in any way by man (thought), vachan (words) or kaya (action). So please forgive me of all the bad deeds, actions, thoughts, or words that may have directly, indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally hurt your feelings.

Samvatsari is a day to ask for forgiveness and forgive others for the bad deeds. And that is why we say,

“Khamemi Savve Jiva, Savve Jiva Khamantu Me,
Mitti Me Savva Bhuteshu, Veram Majjam Ne Kenvi”

(We forgive all the living beings, We seek pardon from all the living beings, We are friendly towards all the living beings, And seek enmity with none)


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