Kazhugumalai (Kalugumalai) Rock cut Jain carvings, Tamil Nadu.

How did Jainism spread in South India? A small town in Tamil Nadu holds the answer

– Article by Mahima A Jain (Article Courtesy: Scroll.in, Images: Prof. Kanaka Ajithadoss) For the marginalised Tamil Jain community, Kazhugumalai is of great religious significance. The hillock rises along a long-forgotten trade route, one boulder piled atop another with seeming disregard to the rules of gravity. The town of Kazhugumalai (also spelt Kalugumalai) in Thoothukudi […]

This Jain programme can improve your memory, scientists back claim

The programme called Saraswati Sadhana needs to be followed for 36 days. A programme for improving one’s memory that the Jain community has believed in for years has now been scientifically proven. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists have revealed the results of research done on 104 students who followed the Saraswati Sadhana programme for […]

Geeta Chandran presents ‘Anekanta’ at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha

Echoes of Jain philosophy

‘Anekanta’ was based on embracing diversity. ‘There is one truth, but the wise man sees it in different ways.’ There are multiple versions to what is the truth, which varies according to the perception of each individual. Geeta Chandran’s new solo performance, titled ‘Anekanta,’ is inspired by the Jain philosophy of embracing diversity and accepting […]

A Jain footprint in South India

– Article & Images by Kamala Thiagarajan Wandering monks once made their home in South India, leaving behind an ancient legacy in the heart of the wild It is, without a doubt, one of the most desolate places I have visited and yet there is a wild, windswept beauty here that is at once ethereal […]

Paryushan Festival rooted in non-violence, meditation, forgiveness

– KIRIT C. DAFTARY Whatever else this week represents, it marks the conclusion of the Paryushan Festival, a time for self-analysis and soul-searching rooted in Jainism, an Eastern religion and philosophy dating more than 2,600 years ago. Its three major tenets are Ahimsa (nonviolence), Anekantvad (multiple points of view) and Aprigraha (nonattachment). From Sept. 2-19, […]

Lord Krishna & Jainism

(Published in February 2004 issue of ‘Jaina Voice’ a publication of WWW.JAINHERITAGECENTRES.COM) Lord Krishna occupies a unique position in the Indian religious tradition. He embodies himself the luminous stature in the traditions of Jaina, Buddha and Vaishnava cults. Furthermore Krishna’s prehistoric relation with Jaina literature is blended with the core of his teachings and achievements. […]

US-Born Jains Make Ascetic Faith Fit Modern Life

The ancient Indian religion of Jainism, a close cousin of Buddhism, has often been a hard sell in the U.S. with a strict adherence to nonviolence that forbids eating meat, encourages days of fasting and places value on even the smallest of insects. Now younger Jains who resist the elaborate rituals of their parents, which […]


Journey to moksha legend of the hidden Jain temple

A view of Chaturmukha Basadi – Gerusoppe Gerusoppe (Uttarakannada District, Karnataka): Chaturmukha Basadi, the 14th century Jain basti is one of Karnataka’s architectural wonders, hidden in the midst of the Western Ghats in the Uttar Kannada District. Your journey will take you past mountain waterfalls and across the perilous rope bridges that hang over the […]

Parshvanath worshipped as Betal at Ramnagar

Keri (Karnataka): In Sitawada of Ramnagar village in the neighbouring state of Karnataka, on the Goa-Belgaum highway, Hindus worship the broken idol of Jain Tirthankar Parshvanath as the folk deity Betal. Recently, a new temple was constructed with the name of folk deity Betal. People in Ramnagar’s Sitawada and Aadali areas culturally and religiously worship […]

Enlightenment on an Intimate Scale

By James C. Ackerman Sixteen years after retiring from teaching, I visited India for a tour of Rajasthan and saw the Adinatha temple at Ranakpur, which transformed my perspective on Western architecture. Virtually every visible interior surface of this stone temple, save the floor, is devoted to sculpted representations of deities and mythical beings drawn […]

Toronto’s Jains build a ‘landmark’ temple

There are approximately eight million followers of the Jain religion worldwide – and close to 6,000 of them in Toronto – but it’s part of their ethos to keep a low profile. Now that’s about to change: For the first time, this community will have their own traditional temple in the city. And at 48,000 […]

Jain Monuments in peril

  The sculpture of a Jain Tirthankara on top of the Arittapatti hill near Melur. Illegal quarrying in Arittapatti has been suspended now. A bird’s-eye view from the Panchapandavar hillock at Keezhavalavu on the Melur-Tiruppattur road gives an idea of the threat posed by illegal quarrying to ancient monuments and archaeological sites. Private quarry operators […]

Bandora’s Jain Basti and Khandepar caves in peril

Bandora (Goa): Overgrown with shrubs on its structure and overshadowed by a few, neat villas adjacent, the 15th century Jain Basti in Bandora is crumbling from neglect and the onslaught of natural elements. Another pre-Portuguese monument, the caves at Khandepar, also in Ponda taluka, are tottering in similar decay. “This is the state of many […]

Simplified Jainism (Path of Spiritual Upliftment)

Compiled by Pankaz Hingarh India Committee Member : Jaina,VRG committee The Jain religion, according to the Jain scriptures is eternal, revealed in every cyclic period of the universe. The time is divided into 2equal half cycles namely Utsarpini (ascending) Kal & Avasarpini (descending) Kal. Each cycle is again divided into six divisions known as aras. […]

The Moodbidri Tales

– Ramachandra Guha Although I am not especially religious, I enjoy visiting old temples, for the beauty of their construction and the tranquillity of their surroundings. I live in Bangalore, a city whose colonial architecture is sparse and whose modern buildings are horrendously ugly. When friends come visiting, I take them on a day-trip either […]

Coastal dist is home to Bahubalis

The districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are synonymous with Bahubalis. For there exist three towering monolithic statues of Lord Bahubali in Karkala, Venur, and Dharmasthala of the five over 20-feet tall monolithic statues of Lord Bahubali in the state. Among the three in the coastal districts, the Karkala Gomateshwara is the tallest at 42 […]

Jain Swethambar Temple – Delhi

Known as Johari, the ancient Jain Svetambara Temple is located at the end of Naughara Gali near Kinari Bazaar Road in Old Delhi. The temple belongs to the period of the Pandavas, the heroes of the Indian epic, the Mahabharat, who were the devoted followers of Lord Neminath Bhagwan. It is believed that the temple […]

Parsvanath Temple – Largest Jain Temple in India

Parsvanath temple of Khajuraho is the biggest Jain temple of the whole Incredible India. Parsvanath temple is an incredibly beautiful temple located in the Madhya Pradesh of India. Although there are several famous tourist attractions in Khajuraho, the attraction and appeal of Parsvanath temple among tourists from in and out of India is unbelievable. In […]

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