Mūrti-pūjaka Jains have temples to hold their idols. The non-mūrtipūjaka sects have mendicant dwelling-halls that are not part of temple complexes.
The local temple is often the centre of the community.
Festivals are important to Jains. All sects hold festivals throughout the year, which act to revive faith, strengthen community ties and proclaim religious identity to outsiders. They are also major periods of sustained contact between lay people and monks and nuns and serve as ways of passing on teachings and customs.
All Jain sects celebrate three festivals each year:
The different Jain sects also hold their own festivals, which may have equivalents in the other sects. For example, the Śvetāmbara festival of Jñāna-pañcamī has a Digambara counterpart in Śruta-pañcamī.
In addition, most communities hold local festivals that commemorate events in the temple or mendicant dwelling-hall or in the lives of monks and nuns. Examples are the installation of a new idol or religious icon in the temple – pratiṣṭhā – and the initiation of a new ascetic – dīkṣā.