Religions followed by Northwards people

Jainism

Jain temple
The Jain Community Centre in Longsight.

Jainism is an ancient religion from India. The founders of the Jain religion were the 24 Tirthankaras who mostly lived before recorded history.

The last of the Tirthankaras was Mahavira who was born around 540 BC.

Jains believe in Karma, and to attain spiritual advancement they follow five vows (vratas) which are: non-violence (Ahimsa), truthfulness, behaving honestly and never taking anything by force or theft, chastity and non-acquisition (limiting their possessions to what they need).

Jains are strict vegetarians, believing that animals and plants contain living souls.

Jains worship both at home and at a temple.

Festivals
  • Mahavira Jayanti Celebrates the day of Mahavira's birth.
  • Paryushana A time of reflection. This festival consists of eight days of intensive fasting, repentance and prayers (pujas).
  • Diwali Festival of Lights - also an important festival as Mahavira gave his last teachings and attained ultimate liberation (Moksha).

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