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Mahavir Jayanthi Celebrations at Bangalore - Injustice to Jains
Mahavir Jayanthi Celebrations at Bangalore - Atlast the Uncertainty Ends
No Conspiracy in Death of Jain Sadhus, Sadhvis, Says CID
2011 All India Census To Kick Start From April 2010, Jains Requested to Register Themselves Properly
Jain Principles Relevant to the Problems of World
Temple Treasure Will Go Under Hammer!
ASI Neglects Ancient Tank in Moodabidri
Mahavira Jayanthi - Annual Panchakalyana - Rathayatra Celebrations at Shravanabelagola
International Mahavir Jain Mission To Celebrate Mahavir Jayanthi at Birmingham, UK
Mahavir Jayanthi Celebrations at Bangalore
Religious Workshop for Children at Bangalore
Quiz on Mahapurana
Holi Bhajan Sandhya at Yahiaganj Jain Mandir Lucknow
From Vrishab Jayanthi to Mahavir Jayanthi
Akanksha And Shivi Jain Bags Gold Medals At Banaras Hindu University
Joyful Confluence of Community Members at Jain Milan
Rs 30 Lakh Raised at Jain Diksha Anniversary
Jewellery Worth Rs. 7.12L Stolen from Khadai Derasar
Contribution of Attimabbe Hailed
Birmingham City University Awards Congregation: 10 February 2010
Bringing out the Essence of Jainism
Trust of Mumbai's Oldest Jain Temple Fined Rs. 10 Lakhs
MAHAVIR JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS AT BANGALORE - INJUSTICE TO JAINS
Bangalore (Karnataka), 15 March 2010: While th entire world will celebrate Mahavira Jayanthi (Janmakalyanak) on 28th March 2010 with all the gatherings, processions, meetings and functions, the Jains of Bangalore might not be able to do that and might be restricted to having their celebrations only with in the four walls of the temple or their houses. This is because of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) elections that is scheduled to be held on the same day. The election conducting body in Karnataka the Election Commision of Karnataka and the BBMP have not taken Mahavir Jayanthi into consideration while declaring the dates for the elections. By this the Jains of Bangalore will be denied their right to vote under Indian constitution as they will be involved in religious celebrations.
 
At the same time as it is an election day in Bangalore, people will not be allowed to make gatherings, hold meetings and take out processions as per the election code of conduct. This is in denying the religious rights of the Jains on the biggest festival of the community. Mahavir Jayanthi is a declared holiday under the negotiable instruments act both by the Government of Karnataka and Government of India. As per the indian constitution elections cannot be conducted on such days as it will lead to denying the rights of the citizens.

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Inspite of all the above facts the Election commission of Karnataka and the BBMP are moving ahead with conducting the elections. If it was a festival day for any other community might be the authorities would have thought twice before announcing the dates of the election and in every possibility they would not have move ahead with conducting the election.
 
Since Jains are a micro minority and not a deciding factor in the election process we have not been taken into consideration while deciding the dates of the elections. Adding to this as per the election proceedings there should be a gap of 10 days from the day of withdrawal of nominations and the date of elections. However as per the announced schedule there only a gap of 9 days between the two.
 
Taking the above points into consideration Jain Yuva Sangathan, All India Swethambar Jain Samaj and other Jain organisations have filed a public interst litigation in the High Court of Karnataka and have the made the Election Commissioner of Karnataka and Commissioner, BBMP as the respondents. According to the petitioner, their community constitutes 10 per cent of the population of Bengaluru and urged that no election should be conducted on general holidays.
 
During the Initial hearing a division bench headed by Justice V. Gopala Gowda dismissed the PIL stating that election to the civic body has been pending for almost four years and it is impossible to consider the plea when the SEC’s calendar of events for the polls is in motion. However, the court gave the Samaj the liberty to approach the SEC.
 
Another petition is pending for hearing and will come for hearing on 15th March 2010 at court hall no. 2 at the High Court of Karnataka. The Jain samaj in hoping to get some positive results.
 
In the mean time it is the duty of every Jain to rise to the occasion and support the petitoners to fight the case.
 
Please send in your replies and words of support by replying at the following blog: http://justiceforjains.blogspot.com or by mail to justiceforjains@gmail.com.
 
WWW.JAINHERITAGECENTRES.COM has taken up this initiative to launch the above blog and support the petitioners in their fight for JUSTICE TO THE JAIN COMMUNITY. Special thanks Mr.Rajesh Bhantia, president of Jain Yuva Sanghatan for providing inputs to launch this blog. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service

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MAHAVIR JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS AT BANGALORE - ATLAST THE UNCERTAINTY ENDS
Bangalore (Karnataka), 17 March 2010: At last after a long drawn court proceedings and deliberations the clouds of uncertainty over the Mahavir Jayanthi (Janmakalyana) celebrations at Bangalore has ended. The directions from the high court of Karnataka has cleared all the hurdles for the celebrations. The high court on 15th March gave directions to the petitioners Jain Yuva Sanghatan (JYS) that they can approach the Election Commissioner of Karantaka and get required letter directing the police commissioner of Bangalore to give all the required permissions and protection for the smooth celebrations of the event.
As a follow up to the high court directions members of the JYS meet the Election Commissioner of Karantaka and requested him to give the much wanted letter of direction to the police commissioner of Bangalore to give all the required permissions to conduct the event. The JYS team on further approaching the police commissioner with the letter from the Election Commissioner of Karantaka have got all the required permissions for celebrating the event. The police commissioner of police has assured all kind of protection to the Jains during the celebrations so as to avoid any untoward incidents on the back drop of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections on the same day.
It can be recalled her that there existed an uncertainty over the Mahavir Jayanthi celebrations at Bangalore on the 28th of March as the BBMP elections have been scheduled on the same day. As per the election code of conduct in India individuals/organisations cannot organise functions, gatherings or processions on the day of elections. JYS and many other Jain organisations had filed a petition at the high court of Karnataka in this connection.
This is infact a very good news for Jains in general and Jains of Bangalore in particular as they have been allowed to celebrate Mahavir Jayanthi without any hurdles. Jains from across Bangalore have expressed happiness over the decision and have welcomed the decision of the High Court.
JYS, WWW.JAINHERITAGECENTRES.COM and other Jain organisations thank the internet community for all their support extended in the due course of the proceedings. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service

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NO CONSPIRACY IN DEATHS OF JAIN SADHUS, SADHVIS, SAYS CID

Ahmedabad (Gujarat), 28 February 2010: The recent deaths of Jain sadhus, sadhvis in road accidents in Gujarat and Rajasthan were “pure accidents and nothing more”, concludes the CID (crime).

The state government had handed over the investigation to CID (crime) in these road accidents following representations by an agitated Jain community three months ago. The report will be submitted to the state government shortly.

The state government had handed over the investigation to a four-member committee headed by V V Rabari, ADGP CID Crime, after representations by the Jain community leaders. Rabari said the investigations of the three accidents at Unjha (Mehsana), Barmer (Rajasthan) and Limbdi (Surendranagar) respectively show no hands of Anoop Mandal or any other group as was being alleged.

He added, “In all the three cases, the truck and jeep drivers were arrested immediately by the respective zone police. Those incidents were pure accidents and there is no substance in the allegation of any conspiracy behind their alleged ‘attacks’ or ‘murders’.”

He added that most of their investigation is over and only minor cross-verification is going on.

The CID stated that driver Vishnoi arrested in connection with Unjha accident was interrogated thoroughly but he had no connections with any group. However, they told The Sunday Express that he would be put under the narco analysis test this May.

The spate of accidents began from November 9 last year at Unjha-Mehsana Highway where four sadhvis died and five others were reportedly injured by a speeding truck.

The Mehsana police had arrested truck driver Manojkumar Vishnoi, a resident of Madiya Village (Bikaner) near Ankleshwar.

On November 12, in another accident, two sadhus were knocked down and one was seriously injured when they were travelling to Jaisalmer from Barmer. The truck driver was arrested on November 13 by Baitu Police and later bailed out.

On February 4, five sadhvis were going to Limbdi on Rajkot-Limbdi Highway when a speeding truck knocked down two of them and injured two others. The truck driver, Anis Pathan, was arrested on the same day by the local police.

Inspector J M Chaudhary, CID Crime (Mehsana), said, “The report does not show any association of the accidents with the Anoop Mandal. Moreover, from whatever he has told the police till now, there is no involvement of Anoop Mandal in the accidents. The drivers’ background, connections, family details were checked and they don’t’ have any relation with any religious group. We are, therefore, making one last attempt through a narco test in May to see if the allegations regarding Jain sadhus, sahdvis are true at all.”

Anoop Mandal has a following in Rajasthan and parts of Gujarat.

Surendranagar SP Ashok Kumar said, “We checked all the possibilities and the issues and did not find any single point that can prove any conspiracy behind the Limbdi accident.”

Jain sadhus, sadhvis from Palitana had sought protection from the state government after they allegedly received certain threat mails and faxes on November 22 but the CID said they are not investigating the matter as it doesn’t relate to the probe terms. - News Courtesy: Indian Express

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2011 ALL INDIA CENSUS TO KICK START FROM APRIL 2010
JAINS REQUESTED TO REGISTER THEMSELVES PROPERLY

New Delhi, 15 March 2010: The All India Census 2011 will kick start its process from April 2011 and the members of the Jain community are hear by requested to register them selves properly as Jains so as the help the samaj in getting the minority status. The entire process will be conducted in two phases, the first phase, called the house listing and housing census, will be conducted between April and July 2010. The second phase, called the population enumeration, will be conducted simultaneously all over the country Feb 9-28, 2011.
It is during the period from 9th - 28th February 2011 that will be crucial for the Jains as the representatives from the Government of India will be visiting all the individual houses and will register the individual details of the people. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service

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JAIN PRINCIPLES RELEVANT TO THE PROBLEMS OF WORLD

New Delhi, 7 March 2010: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today stressed the relevance of Jain principles to tackle the problem of violence and terrorism afflicting the modern world. Gandhi also underlined the importance of politics that believes in non-violence, environment-centric development and taking all sections together. The Congress president said she belongs to a political tradition that believes in these values.

"World is facing problems of violence and terrorism... In such darkness, the light to save humanity is found in the philosophy of Jain religion," Gandhi said while addressing a silver jubilee programme of Jain organisation Kund Kund Bharti. Eulogising the philosophy of Anekantwad (Recognition of the relativity of truth from the perspective of life in this world), Gandhi said," there could be many aspects of a problem and it can be seen from various angles." The philosophy teaches one to respect others' beliefs, she said, adding it establishes democratic values.

The Congress president also handed over a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a citation given by the organisation to professor Natalia Zhelznova. Zhelznova, a professor of Moscow University, translated various books on Jainism into Russian language. Gandhi also inaugurated a library and a newly constructed building of the Jain organisation. Chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, and minister of state for rural development Pradip Jain Aditya and Congress
spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also attended the programme. - News Courtesy: PTI & DNA India

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TEMPLE TREASURE WILL GO UNDER HAMMER!
Bangalore (Karnataka), 21 February 2010: A Jain temple in Bangalore has decided to auction some of its artefacts to fund its renovation and expansion plans.
This is what the management of the century-old Shri Adinath Jain Shwetambar temple in Chikpet will do on March 10. The auction, titled ‘Mystery of Chikpet’, will be conducted by city-based auction house Bid & Hammer at ITC Windsor. A preview of the collection will be held at the Bid & Hammer Preview Hall in Jayanagar 5th Block from Feb 27 to March 5.
 
FAVOURITE TEMPLE
The temple, one of the favourites of the Jain community in the city, has a fascinating history as its original Spartan-style construction was subsequently improved upon by artisans from different parts of the country.
 
The temple is being expanded to accommodate its growing number of devotees. It is in this backdrop that it was decided to dismantle the temple and auction the artefacts to construct a new temple.
 
This is perhaps the first time in the country that the auction of temple architecture is taking place.
 
139 ITEMS
The collection includes 139 architectural and related objects, Pahari School paintings of Lord Mahaveera, the divine guardians of Chikpet, colonial dwarapals, silver doors, vintage Art Nouveau Majolica Ceramic tiles, architectural pillars and other masterpieces.
 
The auction also encompasses related items such as original antiquarian prints, traditional paintings and works of art to complement the star architectural lots.
 
One of the chief attractions are a set of six stained teakwood colonial pillars with four apasaras carved at the top. The divine guardians or Chikpet apasaras are a creative amalgamation of eastern and western styles with distinct references to Roman, Victorian and Christian influences. These pillars are expected to fetch Rs 35 lakh to Rs 42 lakh.
 
LARGE-SCALE EXPANSION
Maher Dadha, chairman and managing director, Bid & Hammer, said the expansion plans did not allow the temple to retain these artefacts. “Most of the items were added when renovations began about 80 years ago. However, the current expansion plans are on a larger scale, so these items will fall short in terms of size.”
 
The proceeds of the auction will be used for rebuilding the temple. The bidding price will begin at Rs 7,500 and can go up to Rs 42 lakh. - News Courtesy: Bangalore Mirror

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ASI NEGLECTS ANCIENT TANK IN MOODABIDRI

Moodabidri (Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka), March 4, 2010: The Jain Kashi as it is called has many heritage sites, some of them are suitable for declaring world heritage sites, but not many are in good shape. Though the elite Archealogcial Survey of India (ASI) is in command of these some of them are in state of neglect one can say.

Recently the Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani (otherwise known as 1000 pillar Basadi) which gets an annual grant of Rs. 5 lakhs for its upkeep has been withdrawn by the government putting the onus of maintenance entirely on the ASI which does not have funds. As a result the entire temple complex has now overgrown with weeds and the lack of funds have begun showing its effects on the structure too! The Swamiji of the Jain Math HH Charukirthi Bhattararaka Panditacharyavarya has written to the government to restore the fund and the MLA of Moodbidri has also taken up the issue with the government without much effect.

There are Basadis (Jain shrines dedicated to Thirthankaras), Ishidis (Mausoleums of Jain swamijis), ancient tanks built by the kings of Vijayanagar empire and other structure which immediately need professional attention for upkeep. But that is a cry in the wilderness.

One of the important heritage site is the Bhatrakere which is built on a land of 80 cents and it is about 50 -60 feet deep is now lying in a state of total neglect and it is a ASI site. However the ASI has proudly put the signboard claiming the ownership of the property but the ancient tank is a dismal sight. The uniqueness of the tank lies in its square shape and the depth, the lining of the walls and the deck of the tank. The tank is stated to be built about 800 years ago which was constructed much before the Vijayangar empire came into prominence.

According to the local oral historians the tank was built for the purpose of water supply to the temples and its monks and Thirthankaras, the tank was in good shape even under the British raj. It had received regular grants for its upkeep. The tank used to hold water till the end of May, but then it is time for the monsoons to arrive, thus the tank used to be perennial in nature.

But now after India got independence and the ASI came into being the tank has fallen into bad times. Its laterite stone lining has collapsed on all four sides and the silt that has formed in thick layers dries up the tank before December. The deck of the tank is also crumbling. According to the local lake and tank experts if nothing is done soon restore the tank's structure it would soon collapse fully and confine it to the bowels of history. According to the local experts the tank can survive only next couple of years as the corner stones (also known as Key stones) now stand exposed and are weathering fast.

The ASI officials were not in a position to answer when contacted by Mangalorean.com at Mysore. They only said things are being worked out to save the tank. However when this correspondent visited the spot there were only few laterite stones freshly cut have been dumped in the site and the local say that they were lying there for more than a year.

The tank lies on the Moodbidri-Hosmar road next to the Ishidis, the area is now kept out of bounds for people. Sometime back one of the Jain philanthropists of Gujarat had offered to rebuild the tank but the ASI had not given permission to rebuild it. Now the people of Moodbidri are saying if the ASI and the government cannot take it up and the ASI does not allow the local people to rejuvenate the tank, it is sure that the historic tank will be history soon. - News Courtesy: Mangalorean.com

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MAHAVIRA JAYANTHI- ANNUAL PANCHAKALYANA - RATHAYATRA CELEBRATIONS AT SHRAVANABELAGOLA
Shravanabelagola (Hassan District, Karnataka), 15 March 2010: The annual panchakalyana and Rathyatra Mahotsava at Shravanabelagola will be conducted under guidance of of His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji from Friday 19 March 2010 to 2 March 2010. Below is given a detailed note of the events. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service
DATE
EVENT
Chaitra Shuddha Chaturthi
Friday: 19 March 2010
Morning - Nandimangala Vidhana, Sandhyavandane, Sakalikaranapurvaka Pooja, Kankana Bandhana at Bhandari Basadi.
Chaitra Shuddha Panchami
Saturday: 20 March 2010
Morning - Bhaktamara Aradhana at Odegal Basadi on the Indraagiri Hillock and
Lord Sri Bahubali's 1030th year Pratishtapana (installation) day, Navakalasha Abhisheka to Lord Bahubali's feet.
Shodashopachara Pooja to Sri Brahma Yaksha & Kushmandini Devi.
Evening - Procession of Lord Sri Bahubali's idol in Silver Chariot.
Chaitra Shuddha Shashti
Sunday: 21 March 2010
Chandragiri Hillock - Ganadhara Valayavidhan at Shrutakevali Badrabahu Cave.
Navakalasha Abhisheka to Lord Chandranatha at Chandanna Basadi & Vajrapanjara Aradhana.
Chaitra Shuddha Sapthami
Monday: 22 March 2010
Chandragiri Hillock - Navakalasha Abhisheka pooja to Lord Adinath at Kattale Basadi.
Jinaguna Sampatthi Aradhana at Chandragupta Basadi. Shodashopacha pooja to Dharanendra Yaksha, Padmavathi Yakshi and Gomedha Yakshi.
Navakalashabhisheka Pooja and Shanthinath Vidhan at Kade Shanthishwara Basadi.
Navakalashabhisheka Pooja and Panchamrutha Pooja at all the temples on Chandragiri Hillock.
Chaitra Shuddha Ashtami
Tuesday: 23 March 2010
Morning 7:00 am - Nityavidhi Pooja, Panchaparameshti Vidhana at Danashala Basadi, Kalyana Mandira Vidhana at Guhe Padmavathi Hillock and Shodashopachara Pooja to Goddess Padmavathi. Navakalashabhisheka Pooja and Panchamrutha Pooja at all the temples in the town.
Chaitrashuddha Navami
Wednesday: 24 March 2010
Matada Basadi - Navakalashabhisheka Pooja and Navagraha Shanthi Homa.
Shodashopachara Pooja to Yakshi Jwalamalini & Yakshi Kushmandini at Matada Basadi.
Navakalashabhisheka Pooja and Kalikundala Aradhana to Goddess Parshwanatha at Matada Basadi.
Indragiri Hillock - Jaruguppe Basadi - Shitalanatha Vidhana at Brahmayaksha Temple & Shodashopachara Pooja to Sri Brahmayaksha, Mruttika Sangraha and Dharmachakra Pooja.
Chaitra Shuddha Dashami
Thursday: 25 March 2010
Morning - Flag Hoisting.
Afternoon - Yaga Mandala Aradhana.
Chaitra Shuddha Ekadashi
Friday: 26 March 2010
Evening - Garbavatharan Kalyana & Devendra Vahana Utsava.
Chaitra Shuddha Dwadashi
Saturday: 27 March 2010
Morning - Janmakalyana Mahotsava along with Nitya Vidhi and Janmabhisheka.
Evening - Balaleela Utsava.
Chaitra Shuddha Trayodashi
Sunday: 28 March 2010
Morning - On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanthi, utsava in silver palanquin (Pallakki/Palki) and abhishekha to Lord Mahavir.
Digambar Jain Mutt - Pooja of the Simhasana of His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji.
41st Pattabhishekha Celebrations of His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji.
Bhandari Basadi - Parinishkrama Kalyana.
Evening - Sri Gommateshwara Vidyapeetha Awards & Cultural Programmes at Chavundaraya Mantapa.
Chaitra Shuddha Chaturdashi
Monday: 29 March 2010
Morning - Shanthichakra Yantra Aradhana.
Chandragiri Hillock - Masthakabhisheka to Lord Sri Antarala Parshwanatha.
Jain Mutt - 10:00 am - Vratopadesha.
Afternoon - Kevalagnana Kalyana at Bhandari Basadi. Rishimandala Aradhana.
Night - Bahubali Swamy and 24 Tirthankara Utsava.
Chaitra Shuddha Pournami
Tuesday: 30 March 2010
MAHARATHAYATRA MAHOTSAVA
Night - Mahamangala Arathi to Goddess Kushmandini Devi. Dharmopadesha and music programme, Dharmika Keerthana.
Chaitra Bahula Padyami
Wednesday: 31 March 2010
Bhandari Basadi - Moksha Kalyana. Maha Abhisheka Pooja to 24 Tirthankaras.
Indragiri Hillock - Afternoon - MAHAPADA POOJA TO LORD BAHUBALI.
Night - teppotsava at Kalyani.
Chaitra Shuddha Bidige
Thursday: 1 April 2010
Bhandari Basadi - Laghu Siddachakra Vidhana.
Removing the Flag.
Vasantha utsava.
Friday: 2 April 2010
Mahashilpi Gaurava.

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RELIGIOUS WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN AT BANGALORE
Bangalore (Karnataka), 15 March 2010: The Bangalore district branch of Shravanabelagola's Jaina Adhyayana Samsthe (Jain Study Centre) has organised a eight day Religious Workshop from 18th to 25th April 2010 in the premises of Chakreshwari Mahila Samaja, Bangalore. The workshop will held from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm on all the days. Children aged between 12-16 years can participate in the workshop. The children will be taught about Prakrit Language, Yoga, Religious Stories, Religious Songs and Bhajans, art and craft and other subjects.
The workshop expected to cost around Rs. 30,000 and will involve the following expenses After noon lunch for childre, prizes, mementos, remmuneration to the faculty members and others. People who wish to support the organiser can support them through donations. The details are as below:
One Days Lunch - Rs. 3,000 (Rs. 4,000 on the concluding day),
Prizes & Mementos - Rs. 3,000,
Remmuneration to Faculty - Rs. 3,000,
Miscellaneous Expenses - Rs. 2,000.
To enroll children in the workshop and to give donations please get in touch with Dr.S.V.Sujatha (9901031109) or Smt Brahmila Madan (9844330048). - Jain Heritage Centres News Service

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QUIZ ON MAHAPURANA
Bangalore (Karnataka), 1 March 2010: Sri Chakreshwari Mahila Samaj has organised a quiz based on Mahapurana (translated to Kannada by A.Shantharaja Shastri). The questions will be picked from pages 151 to 350. This has been organised on the occasion of Adinath Janma Kalyana and in memory of Late Sri M.C.Anantharajaiah. The quiz will be conducted on April 4 2010 in the premises of Sri Chakreshwari Mahaila Samaj (No. 102, Elephant Rock Road, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore - 560011). The last date for sending the entries is 25th March 2010. People from Jain organisations can send in their entires as a team of two members each. For further details please contact 080 26634819 / 9844535756. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service

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HOLI BHAJAN SANDHYA AT YAHIAGANJ JAIN MANDIR LUCKNOW

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), 1 March 2010: Holi, one of the biggest festivals across India is celebrated by people from all sections of the society including the Jains. The Jains of Yahia Ganj, Lucknow made the holy 2010 more memorable through ‘Holy Bhajan Sandhya’ organised at the Digambar Jain temple, Yahia Ganj. A group twenty four artists entertained the audience and took them on to a different world through their performance. His Holiness 108 Sri Parshwasagarji Maharaj graced the occasion. - News Courtesy: A.B.Santhosh Kumar

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FROM VRISHAB JAYANTHI TO MAHAVIR JAYANTHI

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), 1 March 2010: Gomathi nagar is an extension in the east of Lucknow, with around 200 Digamber jain families residing here. They constructed the Chandraprabha Digambar jain temple around 10 years back for their daily darshan. Since then many Digamber Jain ascetics have visited and stayed at the temple for Chathurmas. This has helped in creating religious awareness among the Jains around.
Over the last few years Gomathinagar Jain Milan and Mahila mandal have been jointly organizing a unique programme that involves chanting the Bhakthamar and Namokar patha  over the period from Vrishabh Jayanthi and Mahavir Jayanthi in the houses of different Shravakas staying in the locality every evening.
This year  it has been organized from 09/03/2010 to 28/03/10 daily from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. It will involve chanting Bhakthama mantras, Namokar mantra, Mahaveer Chalisa, Namokar Chalisa and Namokar Arathi.Keeping in mind the Jain way of life the organizers have made it a point to server only the beverages to the audience.
Mr Vijaykumar jain, Edtor,Shrutha smvardhini, Rajeev jain, Secreatary ,Gomathi nagar jain Milan, Mr VK Jain DIG and others are some of the dignitaries attending the event.- News Courtesy: A.B.Santhosh Kumar

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INTERNATIONAL MAHAVIR JAIN MISSION TO CELEBRATE MAHAVIR JAYANTHI AT BIRMINGHAM, UK
Birmingham (UK), 15 March 2010: International Mahavir  Jain mission  is going to celebrate Lord Mahavir  birthday (Mahavir Jayanti) on 28th march 2010, between 3 pm to 6 :30 pm at Jain ashram ,322 Hamstead Road , Handsworth wood ,Birmingham B20  2RA. The function will be attended by Birmingham council of Faiths, Arya Samaj, Vegan, Friends of the Earth, Hindu and Jain community from all over the England, Holland and India. The programme will include Bhajans, songs, poetry and skit based on Lord Mahavir teaching 2600 years ago. The actors are international players, called Young Janis of West Midlands.  Mr. Nitin Mehta, OBE from London will be the special guest to talk about vegetarianism and global poverty. Mr.Gururaj  Rao, The Counsel General of India will be the chief Guest. Vegetarian Refreshment and meal will be provided on the day. - Arvinder Jain

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MAHAVIR JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS AT BANGALORE
CELEBRATIONS AT KARNATAKA JAIN BHAVAN
Bangalore (Karnataka), 15 March 2010: The fourth annual pooja mahotsava of Sri Mahavir Jain temple and Mahavir Jayanthi celebrations will be held in the premises of the Karnataka Jain Bhavan, K.R.Road, Bangalore. The detailed schedule of the programmes are as below.
SATURDAY, 27TH MARCH 2010 - 4TH ANNUAL POOJA MAHOTSAVA
Holy Presence:
His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Kambadahalli Jain Mutt.
7.00 A.M. :
Navakalasha Abhisheka
8.30 A.M. :
Sri Chaturvimshati Tirthankara Aradhana (With 65 Argya's)
1008 Mantra Pushpa
Evening :
Arati by the students of the Motikhana Timmappaiah Jain Hostle.
SUNDAY, 28TH MARCH 2010 - MAHAVIR JAYANTHI PROGRAMMES
7:30 A.M.:
Navakalasha Abhisheka and Janma Kalyana Mahotsava at the Jain temple.
6:05 P.M.:
Religious Gathering in the premises of K.J.A. Sabha Bhavana.
RELIGIOUS GATHERING AT K.J.A. Sabha Bhavana
Inauguration
Sri V.Dhananjaya Kumar
(Ex. Finance Minister of State, Union of India & Representative to the Government of Karnataka, New Delhi)
President
Sri S.Jitendra Kumar
(President, Karnataka Jain Association, Bangalore)
Chief Guest
Sri K.P.Surendranath
(Rtd. I.A.S. officer & Chairman, M.E.S. Educational Institution, Bangalore)
Discourse about Mahavir Jayanthi
Dr.Sa.Shi.Marulaiah
(Renowned Kannada Writer and Ex. President, Kannada Sahitya Parishata)
8:30 P.M.:
Cultural Programmes.
CELEBRATIONS AT ADINATH JAIN TEMPLE R.T.STREET, BALEPET
Bangalore (Karnataka), 10 March 2010: On the occasion of Sri Mahaveer Jayanti a two day event comprising of Yaga Mandala Vidhana & Vedhi Shuddhi programmes have been organised at Sri. Adinath Digambar Jin Mandir, No. 141, Rang Swami Temple Street, Balepet cross, Bangalore – 560053 under the guidance of Pratisthacharya Bal Bramhachari Sri.Jatishchandra ji, New Delhi. On the occasion a new idol of Sri 1008 Lord Parshwanatha will be installed in the main vedhi. - A.B.Santhosh Kumar
CELEBRATIONS AT YELAHANKA
Bangalore (Karnataka), 15 March 2010: The Mahavir Jayanthi Celebrations at Yelahanka Satelite Town will be held in the premises of Sheshadripuram Educational Institution. The panchamrutha abhisheka to Lord Mahavira will begin at 8.00 am. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service

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AKANKSHA AND SHIVI JAIN BAGS GOLD MEDALS AT BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), 7 March 2010: Akansha Jain of faculty of science attracted special attention for receiving the prestigious Chancellor's Medal along with BHU Medal for securing highest marks in postgraduate (MA/M Sc) examinations and standing first in departmental examination.

"It's like a dream come true for me and I have no words to describe my feelings," said Akansha while talking to TOI after receiving the two awards at the function. "The credit goes to my teachers and parents who have really worked hard and made sacrifices to help me stand where I am today," she said, voicing her appreciation for the contribution of parents and teachers.

However, she was also quick to add that the medals and awards had brought additional responsibilities to excel in life. "Presently, I am doing research study and my future plans are to develop microbial consortia involving bio control agents like pseudomonas and trichoderma that would help in enhancing plant life," she informed, making her priorities in life clear.

Similarly, Shivi Jain, who received BHU Medal for standing first at MBBS final examination, 2008, said she wanted to become a responsible and caring radiologist in life. "I could have easily chosen gynaecology and obstetrics as field of specialisation like other women doctors but radiology would provide an opportunity to interact with large number of patients, which is what I like the most," she said. - News Courtesy: Times of India

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JOYFUL CONFLUENCE OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS AT JAIN MILAN

Mangalore (Karnataka), 28, February 2010: Jain Milan women’s wing president Anitha Surendra Kumar inaugurated the meet, which is an annual feature organized for inter mingling of the community members and thereby foster development of the community and society. Dr. S.K. Jain, famous for his programme on astrology in Udaya TV and editor of Kalachakra Ephemeris delivered the endowment lecture.

Dr Jain spoke on the relationship between science and astrology. He stressed that astrology is a science is not a mere vague calculation.

State Apex Bank president M N Rajendra Kumar released a souvenir, Mangalore Milana on the occasion. Zonal president M S Mrityunjaya presided. Former union minister Dhananjay Kumar, Veena S K Jain and Pushparaj Jain were among others present.

Jain Milans from various divisions were given an opportunity to showcase their talent through cultural programme.

The valedictory ceremony was presided by D Rajendra Kumar of Dharmasthala. Moodbidri-Mulki MLA Abhayachandra Jain was the chief guest. The prizes were distributed to the participants in the cultural programme. Rajesh M and Sanath Kumar Jain compered the programme. - News Courtesy: Daijiworld.com

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RS 30 LAKH RAISED AT JAIN DIKSHA ANNIVERSARY
Mumbai (Maharashtra), 22 February 2010: At a function to celebrate one of its popular sadhu’s 27th diksha (when a person takes up priesthood and renounces worldly life) anniversary, the Jain community raised Rs30 lakh for the welfare of animals. It also arranged for an ambulance and five dialysis machines, which will be sent to various parts of the state. The welfare sum will go to Palitana, a city in Gujarat, where the animals are kept.

The Jain sadhu, Ganivarya Naypadmasagarji Maharaj, is the founder of the Jain International Trade Organisation (Jito) that has been instrumental in harmonising trade relations between the four sects of the Jain community. It’s success can be gauged by the fact that it facilitated a business of Rs3,500 crore among Jains in a single day.

Girish Shah, one of Jito’s members, said, “Raising money for a noble cause is our way of paying obeisance to our Maharaj.” Nitin Shah, another member, said, “Through Jito, we can ensure that the money stays within the community and can be utilised for causes that need attention. This is one of the ways to help the community.”

While speaking at the function, Naypadmasagar justified his call to support Mangal Prabhat Lodha in the assembly elections, and apologised if he had “hurt” someone. “The idea was to ensure that someone who is always available for the community and works sincerely wins. That is why Jains were requested not to contest against him,” he said. - News Courtesy: DNA India

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JEWELLERY WORTH RS. 7.12L STOLEN FROM KHADAI DERASAR
Ahmedabad (Gujarat), 21 February 2010: A Jain derasar has filed a complaint with Khadia police against a priest's helper at the temple for theft of Rs 7.12 lakh. According to complaint filed by Vijay Shah, a resident of Ellisbridge and a trustee of Shreyansnath derasar in Shamla ni Pol, Khadia, the accused Jeetendra Singh Chauhan, a helper with a priest from Rajasthan, has stolen 33 kilograms of silver ornaments worth Rs 6.60 lakh and 44 grams of gold ornaments worth Rs 52,800 from the safe of the derasar.
 
"According to trustees, the jewellery was used only for one big religious event on Phalguni Sudi Trij every year and was kept in the safe for rest of the time. The safe is never opened by other men. However, Chauhan somehow got hold of the key or made a duplicate one and stole the jewellery between February 28, 2009 and February 17, 2010," said RB Nimavat, inspector of Khadia police station and the investigating officer in the case.
 
He added that Chauhan used to work in the premises for two years till 2007 and then used to come at intermittent time. "Thus, it is very likely that he might have got a part of the jewellery at each time he visited the derasar. We have looked for him at his native place in Rajasthan but he has fled from there as well," said Nimavat.
 
According to city police officials, it is one of the biggest thefts reported from a religious place in recent times. - News Courtesy: Times of India

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CONTRIBUTION OF ATTIMABBE HAILED
Gadag (Karnataka), 19 February 2010: The contribution of Attimabbe, the famous philanthropic Jain women who stayed around the 10th century was hailed at the 76th All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelana. The president of Kannada Sahitya Parishata (the umbrella organisation for all the Kannada literary activities founded in 1915) Dr. Nalluru Prasad hailed the contribution of Attimabbe during his address to the 25,000 plus audience at the conference. As a honour to Attimabbe the organiser had named the main stage of the conference after Attimabbe as 'Attimabbe Vedike'.
Attimabbe was a philanthropist who stayed at Lakkundi (currently in Gadag district of Karnataka) around 10th century A.D. and the wife of Nagamayya the warrior. She was known for her philanthropic personality and he patronage for Jainism. She is known as the first publisher of Jain & Kannada works in Karnataka and had also patronised Ponna and Ranna regarded as the doyens of Kannada literature. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service

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BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY AWARDS CONGREGATION: 10 FEBRUARY 2010

I had a great pleasure in attending this Birmingham City University Awards Congregation with Sonal Modi organised at Symphony Hall. I was invited with many important, famous and affluent peoples of the country. I still don’t why and how I was invited to this ceremony. I am very glad that I was there not for myself only but to represent entire Jain community. Where ever I go I see myself as an ambassador of Jains and advise that you all feel the same way. This is the best way to spread the Jain message by being a great role model to our children and society at large. I honestly and truly believe that we have lots of talent in our community worldwide and needs channeling in the right direction. On this occasion Mr. Kuldip Singh Wouhra, owner of East End Food plc, UK was given the Honorary Award of Doctor of the University. There are many peoples in our community who could also gain such high profile and thus raise the profile of Jain Faith. Just to mention some of the guest presents in addition to Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor were
Sir Adrian Cadbury, The Lord Knights CBE, Sir Graham Meldrum CBE, Dr. Elspeth Insch OBE Head teacher of King Edward’s Girl School, Birmingham, Mr. Paul Sabapathy CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the County of West midlands, Lord Mayor of Birmingham –Councilors Michael Wilkes and Lady Mayoress Mrs. V.Wilkes, Ms. Elly Tobin, Principal of Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College. - Report By Arvinder Jain

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BRINGING OUT THE ESSENCE OF JAINISM
Mumbai (Maharashtra), 19 February 2010: Artist Jain Kamal has been expressing himself through the power of fonts and typography. Yes, the same fonts which we use routinely in applications like Microsoft Word.

Kamal has been pursuing his career in art designing but painting is his passion. But he hasn’t chosen the usual brush, paint and canvas. He started expressing his thoughts through graphical paintings.

He uses only fonts which have been his first love. He has made a unique portrait of Amitabh Bachchan using fonts. Kamal has just finished working on a series of 24 paintings after eight years. Through these paintings, he has tried to express the true essence of Jainism. He has also used fonts for painting the pictures. Namokar Mantra - a revered mantra in Jain religion - is the theme of his current oeuvre.

The mantra is the elementary prayer in Jainism and can be recited at any time of the day. While praying, by reciting this mantra, the devotee bows with respect to Arihantas, Siddhas, spiritual leaders, teachers and all monks. “There is tremendous power in this mantra. It has the power to bring about great wellbeing and peace in society,” informed Kamal.

He added, “For completing 24 creations of Namokar Mantra, I delved into Jain religion. I visited all the sacred places and pilgrimage spots. I read religious literature for this. Whatever I have learnt and got to know about Jainism, I have tried to express through my paintings.”

All 24 paintings will be displayed in Pune, at an exhibition organised by Jain International Trade Organisation (Jito) from February 26 to 28. Recently three painting of Kamal on the Namokar Mantra were on display in Mumbai for three days at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi. In his capacity as the art director Jain Kamal changed the face of newspapers and magazines in the 1990s.

He has worked for media houses like Express Group, India Today, Debonair, Afternoon, Observer, Prabhat and Lokmat in his 27 year career. He has introduced more than 24 fonts at Indian publication houses and become the pioneer in using different fonts for writings.

“Fonts are a crucial segment of a newspaper. Changing fonts is like changing a blood group. Fonts have a big impact in grabbing the attention of readers,” he added.

Kamal hails from Bihar and has completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts course from Banaras Hindu University and Master’s degree from Baroda.

Then he won the Gujarat Lalit Kala award for the best painting. Jain is also a visiting faculty at IIT-B, Sophia College, KC College, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Jain was a jury member of the Censor Board of Film Certification. - News Courtesy: DNA India

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TRUST OF MUMBAI'S OLDEST JAIN TEMPLE FINED RS 10 LAKHS

Mumbai (Maharashtra), 17 February 2010: An internal inspection by the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) has found the city’s oldest Jain temple, Kot Shantinathji Derasar, to have lost its historical importance and character because of careless repair work carried out by the caretakers.

The temple, which is being rebuilt entirely in white Makrana marble, stands in the middle of the congested Bora Bazaar area near Fort and is a listed Grade II-B heritage structure.

The MHCC has slapped a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on the trust for carrying out the work that has “led to loss of temple architecture, unique to the fabulously rich history of Mumbai”.

“We had given them permission for repair and reconstruction as per the Jain religious code. But when an inspection was carried out, it was found that a gross violation of norms had taken place. Since the trust did not do its work faithfully and dutifully, the committee sought it fit to penalise them,” said committee chairman Dinesh Afzulpurkar.

In their original plan, the trust had suggested replacing the colourful facade and wooden interiors with white marble, besides constructing a shikhar or tower. Though all that was fine, the heavy penalty was levied on two counts: for failing to maintain the historic character of the ghar-derasar in the quest of redeveloping the temple even more grander than the existing structure; the caretakers, over the years, failed to maintain the front decorative wall, which now stands in a state of utter decay.

The ghar-derasar style gained prominence at a time when the country was constantly facing threats from marauding intruders of the 17th and 18th centuries. The grand ghar-derasars were camouflaged inside structures that looked like ordinary homes. “Many of these derasars were built in Kalpa Sutra-style murals and intricate wooden structures, More then the architectural damage, we have penalised them to set an example on others,” said a member.

A set of new rules recently approved by the state government say that upkeep of a structure weighs heavily on the owner and the ones who fail to conserve heritage structures would face heavy penalties. Chief trustee Premchand Jain said that all the trust wanted to do was repair the facade in a way similar to temples in Palitana and Pawapuri.

“We have no idea where we went wrong with our work. The trust is in no financial position to pay this penalty and will apply to municipal commissioner for either a pardon or a cut in the amount,” he said. The Jain religious code declares that derasars or temples when brought down be redeveloped grander than the earlier structure. “But in that process, they have destroyed what was the sole surviving example of the ghar-derasar style of architecture in Mumbai,” said a committee member. - News Courtesy: Times of India

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