Michchhāmi Dukkaḍaṃ is an ancient Prakrit phrase literally meaning — may all the evil that has been done be fruitless. It is especially used on the Kshamavani Diwas or Forgiveness Day, celebrated on Samvatsari, the concluding day of the eight or ten day Paryushana festival, one of the main festivals of the Jain community
“If I have caused you offence in any way, knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word or deed, then I seek your forgiveness”
Michchhami Dukkadam Prayer
|Khamemi Savve Jiva||I forgive all living beings.|
|Savve Jiva Khamantu me||May all souls forgive me,|
|Mitti me Savva Bhooesu||I am on friendly terms with all,|
|Veram Majjham Na Kenvi||I have no animosity toward any soul.|
|Michchhami Dukkadam||May all my faults be dissolved.|
Forgiveness in Hinduism:
Forgiveness is virtue; forgiveness is sacrifice; forgiveness is the Vedas; forgiveness is the Shruti. Forgiveness protects the ascetic merit of the future; forgiveness is asceticism; forgiveness is holiness; and by forgiveness is it that the universe is held together.
—Mahabharata, Book 3, Vana Parva, Section XXIX,.
Righteousness is the one highest good, forgiveness is the one supreme peace, knowledge is one supreme contentment, and benevolence, one sole happiness.
—Mahabharata, Book 5, Udyoga Parva, Section XXXIII,.
Janak asked: Oh lord, how does one attain wisdom? how does liberation happen?
Ashtavakra replied: Oh beloved, if you want liberation, then renounce imagined passions as poison, take forgiveness, innocence, compassion, contentment and truth as nectar; (…)