U.C. Riverside Announces New Endowed Chair in Jain Studies

University of California (USA), February 22, 2017: U.C. Riverside’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the Department of Religious Studies Feb. 17 announced the establishment of its latest endowed chair, the Shrimad Rajchandra Endowed Chair in Jain Studies. The chair is named after renowned Indian poet, philosopher, scholar and reformer of Jain principles Shrimad […]

It took 13 years to rebuild the temple which was razed in a 2001 quake.

Jains bid Rs 60 crore for rituals at renovated 2,800-year-old temple

Dantrai (Sirohi District, Rajasthan), February 22, 2017: It was a temple renovation like few others. Jains across the country observed 68.6 crore fasts, 40,000 of them congregated at the Shri Jirwala Parshvanath Jain Tirth and more than Rs 60 crore was reportedly raised through bids for rights to conduct various rituals as six-day celebrations marked […]

Jains celebrate life of Tirthankara through ‘PanchaKalyana’ fest

Karanthai (Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu), February 20, 2017: Karanthai, a remote village in Tiruvannamalai district, on Sunday celebrated the attainment of absolute knowledge by Kunthunath, the 17th Tirthankara of Jainism. It was the fourth day of ‘Pancha Kalyana’, a traditional Jain ritual in which five stages in the life of a Tirthankara are celebrated across […]

Devotees worship the idol with flowers; final touches being given to the idol made of five metals

Devotees donate to build 7-feet idol of Jain Tirthankara

Nashik (Maharashtra), February 20, 2017: Nearly 2,000 devouts have donated money, gold, and silver, which were used to create a 7-feet idol of Adinath Bhagwan, widely followed by the Jain community as the first Tirthankar or a spiritual savior. The idol, designed and sculpted by Jabalpur-based metal sculpture artist Jagdish Parihar, is now getting final touches […]

Work begins on alternative steps to Vindhyagiri Hillock at Shravanabelagola

ASI has taken up the project ahead of 88th Mahamastakabhisheka in 2018 Shravanabelagola (Hassan District, Karnataka), February 10, 2017: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Thursday began building alternative steps to Vindhyagiri, the hillock where the 58.8-foot-tall monolith statue of Gomateshwara is located. This is fourth time in the 1,000-year history of the site […]

Monolithic Bhagawan Bahubali’s feet ceremoniously anointed at Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala (Dakshina Kannada District), February 3, 2017: One gets spiritual bliss and peace of mind by worshipping God, said Swami Lalitakirti Bhattaraka of Karkala mutt. Swami Lalitakirti was delivering religious discourse on the occasion of anointing the feet of Bhagawan Bahubali at Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, here on Friday, February 3. The teachings of Bhagawan Bahubali […]

Yagya for world peace marks end of pranpratishtha fest

Patna January 24, 2017: At least 15,000 devotees from different parts of the country as well as abroad attended the eight-day PanchakalyanaPatna January 24, 2017: At least 15,000 devotees from different parts of the country as well as abroad attended the eight-day Panchakalyana Pranpratishtha Mahotsav that concluded at the Shakha Maidan in city’s Rajendra Nagar […]

Jain seeks blanket ban on liquor

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), January 22, 2016: Enthused by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s de-addiction drive, state power minister Paras Chandra Jain has demanded a prohibition in Madhya Pradesh. He said like Narmada Sewa Yatra, similar initiatives should be taken to remove liquor vends from river banks in parts of the state. “My personal opinion is […]

Thieves steal donation box, jewellery from Jain temple

Rajkot (Gujarat), January 21, 2017: Thieves targeted Jain temple located on a hill top — Tal Dhwajgiri Dungar — in Talaja town of Bhavnagar Thursday late night and stole the donation box besides gold and silver ornaments on the idols worth Rs 55,000. Navin Shah, one of the trustee of the Jain temple lodged a […]

INTACH to preserve two Jain Tirthankara idols in Palakkad

Palakkad (Kerala), December 16, 2016: Efforts to preserve Palakkad district’s rich Jain tradition got a boost on Saturday when the Kozhikode regional chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) undertook the task of protecting two ancient idols of Tirthankaras, found at Eswarancode, near Mundur, here. According to Jainism, a Tirthankara is […]