Nov. 15 - day of the full moon in Calcutta and occasion of the Jain Festival - one of the most impressive religious celebrations of its kind in Asia.
GV.PAN.Down 30ft. flag staff in procession.
CU. Replica of "Sacred Band House".
GV. Decorated image of white elephant.
SCU. Horse tableau in procession.
TV. People singing.
GV. Replicas of various temples.
CU. Solid gold replica with diety of Lord Sri Dharmanath.
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Background: Nov. 15 - day of the full moon in Calcutta and occasion of the Jain Festival - one of the most impressive religious celebrations of its kind in Asia. Members of the Jain Community came from all over India to join a procession, 100,000 strong, through the streets of Calcutta, India.
Displays and pageantry emphasized policies of non-violence, sacrifice and penance.
At the head of the colourful two-mile procession, a 30-foot flagstaff was borne aloft, followed by a life-size image of a white elephant, exquisitely decorated with gold and silver. Replicas of Jain temples, made from ornamental silver and gold were preceded by men chanting to music. Then came spectacular tableaux, depicting scenes from the lives of Jain Tirthankars, or the promulgators of Sacred Laws, and a model of a temple and image of the diety, Lord Sri Dharmanath, 15th Tirthankar, made of gold and carried by officials of the Jain Community.
The Jain Procession has been held in Indian for at least 150 years.