Samvatsari in Gujarat in 2024

Samvatsari in Gujarat in 2024
Jain temples on top of Shatrunjaya Hill, Gujarat. Image via Deposit Photos
  How long until Samvatsari?
  Dates of Samvatsari in Gujarat
2025 Wed, Aug 27Regional Holiday
2024 Sat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
2023 Tue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
2022 Wed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
2021 Fri, Sep 10Regional Holiday

The last day of Paryushana, the most important holy event of the year for Jains.

When is Saṃvatsarī?

Saṃvatsari is a regional public holiday in the Indian state of Gujarat on Shukla Panchami (5th day) in the Jain calendar month of Bhadrapada. It usually falls on the same day as Ganesh Chaturthi. This means it falls between mid- August and September in the Gregorian calendar.

Traditions of Saṃvatsari

Saṃvatsari  (meaning Annual Day or Forgiveness Day) is considered to be the holiest day of the Jain calendar. It takes place on the last day of 'Parva Paryushana', the most important of all the Jain festivals to the Shwetambara sect of Jainism. 

On this day, Jains seek forgiveness for their mistakes committed knowingly or unknowingly from all the living beings. They also forgive those who have made mistakes against them. The day is also known as Kshama Yachna Divas (apology-seeking day), Ahimsa Divas (non-violence day) and Daya Divas (kindness day).

Alms are distributed to the poor, and a Jina (a great teacher) image is ceremonially paraded through the streets. A communal confession is performed by the believers, and letters are sent asking for forgiveness and the removal of all ill feelings about conscious or unconscious misdeeds during the past year. 

On Samvatsari, Jains greet their friends by saying "Michachhami Dukkadam". It means, "If i have offended you in any way, knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word or deed, I seek your forgiveness."


The word 'Paryushana' means 'to stay in one place', which signifies a time of reflection and repentance for the Jain devotee. Originally this was primarily a monastic practice. This festival consists of eight days of intensive fasting, repentance and pujas. Often monks will be invited to give teachings from the Jain scriptures.


Jainism is an ancient religion from India that teaches a path to spiritual purity and enlightenment through disciplined nonviolence to all living creatures. Jains are strict vegetarians and live in a way that minimises their use of the world's resources.

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