Jain World
Sub-Categories of Passions

Jainism  -  Respect For All Life

The birth of Jainism
Mahavira the Path-Maker
The Enlightenment
The Rise of Jainism
  The Two Sects
  The Scriptures
  Rise and Fall
  Jain Beliefs-The Universe
  The Soul
  Karma and Rebirth
  The way of Salvation
  The Everyday Life of a Jain
  The Life of an Ascetic
  Ways of Worship
  Temples and Domestic Shrines
  Ninian Smart

Ways of Worship



Jainism�s rejection of God does not entail rejection of prayer and worship, more precisely termed contemplation.  But of all beings, including the gods and the saints, only liberated souls or Tirthankaras made perfect are worshipped.  Even they are not appealed to for help or mercy; they serve more as an inspiration to those still struggling for freedom and perfection.

That is the theory, The practice is very different.  Many of the Jain laity pray to Hindu gods for help, many Jain temples house images of Hindu deities, and many Jain festivals incorporate Hindu customs.