Protest against ban on Santhara gaining momentum

Jaipur/Mumbai, August 19, 2015: In order to protest against the Rajasthan high court’s ban on Santhara, the Sallekhana Jain community will observe a country-wide silent march on August 24. There would be a silent protest termed as ‘dharam bachao aandolan’ all across the state. The Mumbai Jain community has organized a peace rally against the […]

VHP Urges Rajasthan High Court to Reconsider Ban on Jain Starvation Ritual ‘Santhara’

Jaipur (Rajasthan), August 19, 2015: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday urged the Rajasthan High Court to reconsider its decision to ban the ancient Jain starvation ritual ‘Santhara’. The ritual, also called Sallekhana, is the voluntary starvation to embrace death. The Shwetambar sect of the community, which practises the age-old ritual, considers it the […]

Jain sects unite for Paryushan-1st time in history

Jaipur (Rajasthan), September 15, 2013: For the first time in 2,500 years, the two sects of Jainism — Shvetambar and Digambar — have come together for the pious festival of Paryushan. They are jointly observing an 18-day Paryushan in Jaipur. A combination of ‘par’ (all kinds) and ‘ushan’ (to burn), Paryushan means incinerating all karma. […]

On streets against attacks on Jain ascetics

Jaipur (Rajasthan), January 9, 2013: Jain community members of Jaipur, Rajasthan will be on streets against attacks on Jain ascetics. They will march from Mahavira school, C-sheme to Chief Minister’s house. Rally will be started at 11 AM, January 10, 2013. All Digambar, Shwetambar, Khartar Gachchh, Tapagachchh, Sthanakvasi, Terapanthi communities will join the rally to […]

16 of 26 stolen Jain idols recovered

Jaipur (Rajasthan), November 10, 2012: Sixteen ancient idols worth crores of rupees in the international market were recovered three days after they were stolen from a famous Jain temple at Jatwara village near Bassi. The police arrested a local resident who had allegedly helped a gang involved in idol thefts in conducting recee of the […]