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Jain Bhakti
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From the moment that a Jain enters a temple, his or her thoughts and actions are focused on devotion to the Jina.

In a quick and fluid gesture, she reaches down to touch the worn flagstone leading into the temple, then presses her fingertips to her heart, saying “nisīhi” (Prakrit, meaning “I leave all worldly things behind”). With her right foot first, she crosses the threshold and moves toward the brass bell dangling from the ceiling. In quick succe…

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Vallely, Anne, “Jain Bhakti”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Denison University University of Edinburgh University of Bergen University of California, Berkeley John E. Cort, Paul Dundas, Knut A. Jacobsen, Kristi L. Wiley. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2020

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