Once a year, around the monsoons in India, Jains observe the festival of Paryushan. During this time, the community comes together at temples to pray, meditate and to listen to religious discourses by learned teachers.
Early in April, we were talking to various people to find different voices on Jainism. We found our mark through a number of coincidences and approximations
If we’d met them in any other circumstances, it would have been difficult for us to picture Neha and Bineeta as novice ascetics.