Michhami Dukkadam

Ever wanted to seek forgiveness from someone but felt awkward about it?

There’s an interesting way of seeking forgiveness in the Jain tradition. ‘Michhami Dukkadam’ is a phrase that Jains say on a particular day of the year seeking for forgiveness.

With origins in the ancient language of Prakrit, it translates to “may all the evil that has been done be fruitless” and is used to ask for forgiveness on this day. In other words, the phrase means “If I have offended you in any way, knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word or deed, then I seek your forgiveness.”

The period of Paryushana falls in the Bhadrapada month (August or September) and lasts 8 days for Swetambara and 10 days for Digambara sect of Jains. The phrase ‘Micchami Dukkadam’ originates from the emphasis on forgiveness that is one of the key aspects of Jainism. Jains greet each other with this phrase on this day and forgo all quarrels and disputes.

Eminent personalities, including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tweeted about it.

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