Digital fast? Here's how Jains observe 24-hour fast during Paryushan Parva | Watch
The excessive use of mobile phones is really taking a peak these days. Not only kids but even adults invest most of their time on their phones. However, keeping away from the gadgets and internet is a very unique initiative to keep individuals mentally and physically free.
Amid increasing use of smartphones in the society, some members of the Jain community in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh observed a day-long digital fast by keeping themselves away from their phones and the internet for 24 hours.
As part of digital fasting, over 1,000 members of the Jain community switched off their phones and deposited them for 24 hours at a temple in Begumganj town, some 120 km from the state capital, on Wednesday morning.
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Paryushan Parva is one of the major festivals of Jains. It is celebrated annually for self-purification, introspection and spiritual development. During this month, Jains observed fasting and performing pujas and other religious rituals.
Expressing their views on digital fasting, Akshay Jain, a councillor and a prominent leader from the community told the reporters that people have become addicted to the internet and smartphones for a long time everyday.
With this initiative of digital fasting, people can stay away from this addiction by switching off their phones and left them at the temple for 24 hours for this fasting, he said.
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