Michchami Dukkadam

Posted: 13.09.2005
Updated on: 17.01.2012


Khamat Khamana, Khamat Khamna, Micchami Dukkadam, Micchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ , Michhami Dukkadam

Seeking Forgiveness

Micchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ is a ancient prakrit phrase literally meaning:

"may all the evil that has been done be fruitless"

  • "May any of my negative activities to you be fruitless, please forgive me."

Michchami Dukkadam is the greeting Shwetambara Jains send to each other at the end of the great Paryushan festival, the festival of forget & forgive celebrated every year between end of August and midst September.

"Michchami" means fruitless and "Dukkadam" means negative activity. Through the act of getting aware & therefore asking forgiveness the negative emotions resulting in negative thoughts, words or deeds are rendered fruitless.

In details:

मिच्छामी दुक्कड़म.
मन,वचन और कर्म से ज्ञात अज्ञात रूप से
कभी किसी का दिल दुखाया हो
दिल को ठेस पहुंची हो
खमत खामाना करता हूँ
ह्रदय के अन्तहकरण से
क्षमा याचना..
खामेमि सव्व जीवे, सव्वे जीवा खमंतु मे।
मित्ती मे सव्व-भूएसु, वेरं मज्झ न केणइ।।

I Grant Forgiveness to all Living Beings,
I Solicit Forgiveness from all Living Beings,
I am Friends with all Living Beings,
I do not have any Animosity
towards any Living Beings.

मिच्छामि दुक्कडं।


Khamat Khamana

Digambara phrase used on Samvatsari

"I am sorry for whatever I have done and seek your forgiveness and in doing so I also forgive you and forget anything that you may have done."


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