The panchakalyana religious rituals at Aladangadi basadi
Mangalore, December 22,
2012, (DHNS): The panchakalyana religious rituals of the renovated Doddabasadi
situated at Aladangadi were held between December 26 and 30. According to the Jain Agama Shastra, this Jain temple on the banks of
Phalguni river was built 825 years ago by Queen Madhurakka Devi and her
son Rayakumara. Timmannarasa Dr Padma Prasad Ajila is the present hereditory managing trustee of the temple.
Dharmasthala Dharmothana trust has donated a sum of Rs18 lakh to the
renovation work and rest of the amount needed was raised from the devotees.
Bhagawan Sri Parshwanath Swamy is the moola nayak of the Basadi. A magnificent manasthambha is the centre of attraction at the Basadi.
The tile roofed Basadi is built according to Jain Vastu
Shastra. According to Dr veereendra Heggde, "this jain temple is restored without
altering the original structure. The Ajila ancestors consecrated Lord
Bahubali Swamy onolathicsculpture at venoor after constructing this Dodda Basadi adjacient to the Ajila Aramane in Aladangadi, formerly
known as Akshayapura, now it is in Belthangady taluk." The rituals were performed under the guidance of Lalithakirthi
Bhattaraka Swamiji of Karkala.
Jain community ready to help restore temple
KERI, December 9, 2012: Continued apathy on the part of the
directorate of archaeology and archives has led to negligence of the
Jain temple at Cudnem, 3km away from Sanquelim. At a recent visit to
the temple, Nirmalkumar Jain Sethi, national president of the Jain
Mahasabha and other members of the Jain community were left
disappointed at the rundown condition of the structure. "This
temple is an example of pre-Portuguese architecture and needs to be
protected. The Jain Mahasabha is ready to provide necessary
financial assistance and other guidance for its protection and conservation," Sethi said.
The temple, which boasts a sabhamandapa (hall for audience)
and a garbhagriha (sanctum sanctuary), was first brought to light by
the directorate of archives, archaeology and museum in 1986. Efforts
were made to conserve the structure but in the last three years the
government has failed to pay the monument any attention. There is
evidence in the vicinity to suggest that the temple and sculptures
inside it were deliberately destroyed by invaders in the 17th
century AD. It temple was constructed of laterite and lime mortar
was used as the binding material. The architecture of the temple has
indicated that it belonged to the Vijaynagar period.
Chandrakant Bhojepatil from Ponda said, "The directorate
of archaeology and archives should initiate steps for conserve the
temple. The Jain community is ready to help in any way
possible." Kapoor Chand Jain Patni, chief editor of the
Jain Gazette weekly from Guwahati said, "The temple of Cudnem
is in a dilapidated condition and its entrance is blocked by grass
and undergrowth. It needs to be cleared at the earliest."
"The process of tendering the work of all 51 protected
monuments in Goa is under way. Debris clearance and minor repair
work of the Jain temple will be done," said director of
archives and archaeology Manohar Dicholkar.
Source: Times of India
of 26 stolen idols of Jain temple at Jatwara recovered
November 11, 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 temple.
Around 26 idols had been stolen on November 5. Police claimed
they have identified the gang involved in theft and a team has been
rushed to an undisclosed location to nab them. The 16 idols were
found buried in the ground near the village. According to additional
commissioner of police Giriraj Meena, the police arrested one Ramlal
Luhar on the basis of some clues regarding his involvement including
his mobile call details. Luhar is a resident of Nayabas near Jatwara village.
Robbers on Tuesday had decamped with 26 antique idols from
the temple. As many as 23 idols made of eight metals and three stone
idols worth nearly Rs 10 crore had been stolen. Addl CP Meena said
that Luhar was aware of the worth of idols and intimated the gang
about them. "He helped them do a recee of the temple and even
hid the idols after they were stolen. He was a local contact for the
gang," said the officer.
Luhar told the police where the idols had been hidden.
"The idols which were recovered are from 11th, 12th and 14th
century and quite priceless in the international market," said
the officer. He added that others involved in the theft have been
identified. "They will be arrested soon. Who were to buy the
idols and other details will be known after the thieves are
arrested," said the officer.
Robbers stolen 26 antique idols from a famous Jain temple at Jatwara
JAIPUR, November 08, 2012: It seems that even God is not safe
in the outskirts of Jaipur.In yet another burglary, unidentified
robbers decamped with 26 antique idols from a famous Jain temple at
Jatwara village near Bassi on the outskirts of city. This is the
sixth incident of burglary of antique idols in the past six months.
The rise in thefts of antique idols also hints that international smugglers are active in this area.
The temple committee owners claimed that 23 idols, made of
eight metals, while three idols made of stones and worth nearly Rs
10 crore were stolen. The temple priest and other pilgrims were
shocked to find the main gate of the temple ajar. All the doors of
the rooms in which the idols were kept were unlocked. Soon they
informed the police and a team of forensic science laboratory (FSL) and police rushed to the spot.
"Prima facie it appears that the number of burglars were
more than three and had boozed together at the temple. We have
recovered one idol and have got concrete clues on the whereabouts of
the burglars," said Mohammed Anwar, circle inspector, Bassi
police station. Senior police officers of the police commissionerate
were also on tizzy as the antique idols were more than 200 years
old. In the past three months, at least 50 antique idols were stolen
from city outskirts, including Shahpura, Kothputli, Virat Nagar and
Kanota. Police officers were, however, tight-lipped on the issue but
haven't ruled out the involvement of an international network.
Times View: The thefts of antique idols are
nothing new. But what is surprising is that in so many years, a
fool- proof mechanism has not been put in place to protect these
priceless wonders. It is also strange that when hundreds of pilgrims
and worshippers pay visit to these temples and also pay hefty
donations, why these idols are not protected or insured properly.
The whole issue is handled very loosely and merely blaming
international smugglers will not do. Either the state or the ASI,
which in most cases look after the temple structures, will have to
take active part in protecting the idols. Source: Times of India
take to streets against cow slaughter
Mumbai November 7, 2012 (DNA): Around 5,000 Jains took out a
rally from Panchratna building to Azad Maidan on Monday to put
pressure on the state government to speed up the process of
implementing the Gauvansh Vadh Pratibandh Bill to stop the slaughter of cows.
A section of Jains who participated in the rally said that
the bill is awaiting the president's signature so that it can become
a law. "The state assembly has already passed it and it should
now be taken up," said Girish Shah of Samast Mahajan, one of
the organisations that participated in the rally. Three prominent
leaders from the BJP "MLA Mangal Lodha, former MLAs Raj Purohit
and Atul Shah" participated in the rally. A Congress corporator
was also a part of the rally. "Jains believe in non-violence
and we feel that the killing of cows should stop," said Devendra Maharaj, a Jain monk.
On asked why the community chose not to have a rally against
the killing of any form of life (which is central to Jainism) and
stuck to only Gauvansh, Shah said, "If we demand a ban on
slaughtering of all animals, it will not be met. Ultimately we do
want that the killing of all animals is stopped, but we have to make
a beginning somewhere. In this case, we are proceeding legally." Source: DNA
Bangalore Jains seek police protection for Digambara Munis
October 29, 2012: Several recent incidents have upset the Jain
community. Consider this: A Jain Muni was walking near Hebbal
flyover, surrounded by around five to six devotees. As is the
tradition, a flag-bearing devotee was walking in front of the Muni
when a few people came out of nowhere, snatched the flag and tried
to forcibly cover the Muni with it. "We were totally shocked,” Manjunath, a member of the Chaturmaasa committee, sid.
“Since we do not follow the tradition of having bodyguards, we are forced to take police protection.”
This is not an isolated incident. When a Jain Muni was
passing Mantri Mall in Malleswaram, a passerby came running towards
him and tried to cover him with a piece of cloth. And recently,
media houses were flooded with calls, informing them about a ‘nude
man’ walking near Queen’s Road. Some people even alerted cops.
However, inquiries revealed that it was a Jain Muni and not a nudist as people had assumed.
“While such incidents do not hurt the Munis, it is embarrassing
for the devotees escorting them,” Manjunath said. Devotees
coordinating the walks actually live in fear of attack. “We did
not expect such incidents in Bangalore. We believed there would be a
greater level of tolerance in Bangalore,” he added.
The problem is aggravated when the Munis have to walk long
distances. “Many Munis walk from Bangalore to Shravanabelgola. As
density of traffic on Tumkur Road is high, we decided to take Magadi
Road. We had to ask all local police stations in writing for
protection,” said Jayaraja Ariga, another member of the committee.
Committee members also recall the experience of Munis going from
Bangalore to Tamil Nadu. “There have been numerous instances
especially around Salem where people refuse to allow Munis to walk
on the road. Many of them stop us and ask us to return. In one such
instance, we made a chain of devotees, each of whom covered the Muni
as he passed. We had to do this for hundreds of kilometres,”
explained Shashi Kumar, convenor of the Jain community in Bangalore. Source: Bangalore Mirror
Temple to be developed at Kundalpur
BHOPAL, October 11, 2012: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the temple
at Kundalpur will be developed. It will be done with the help of the
Archaeology department. Addressing a function on the occasion of
community kshamawani mahotsav organized at his residence on Wednesday,
he said that Rs 10 crore have been sanctioned for the development of
Digambar, Shwetambar and Taaran Taran Jain centres of pilgrimage in the state.Jain Sant Acharya Vidyasagar Gau
Samvardhan Yojna is being implemented in Madhya Pradesh. It is the only
scheme in the country in the name of a Jain sant, the spokesman said .Chief minister Chouhan said
Jain religion shows the path of love and not fight, coordination and not revenge. A coward person cannot forgive
others. It can be done only by the person who is brave. The chief
minister said he salutes the spirit of Jain followers' sentiment of well-being towards all living beings.
He also said the world's first cow sanctuary would open in the state on December 24. Source: Times of India
Jain leader killed at saint's temple in Madhuban
DHANBAD, October 8, 2012: The general manager of Akhil
Bharatiya Digambar Jain Kshetra Samiti at Madhuban in Giridih district was killed on the premises of Jain saint Swami Bimalsagarji
Maharaj's "samadhi" temple on Sunday evening. Prakash
Chandra Sharma, 75, who hailed from Malviya Nagar in New Delhi, was
killed on the stairs of the temple around 6.30pm when the devotees
were celebrating the birth anniversary of the Jain saint. Madhuban
is a place of considerable religious importance for Jains. There is
a Jain museum here which houses a number of scriptures, idols and
manuscript. One can have a clear view of the Parasnath Temple using
the telescope installed at the balcony of the museum.
Giridih SP A K Honkar said, "It will be premature
to comment on the reasons behind the killing. I have visited the
place of occurrence which was crowded. It appears that he was shot
at and later brutally hit by stones and bricks. He died on the
stairs of the temple." There were around 2,000 devotees at the
temple busy celebrating the birth anniversary of the saint. Honkar
said although the area was Naxalite-affected, it would be premature
to link Maoists to the killing. "Investigations are on and none
has been arrested." Suman Kumar Sinha, the manager of the
Bharat Varshiya Digambar Jain Tirtha Kshetra Samiti, said Sharma had
joined Madhuban in January this year. He had worked there between
1996 and 98. He has five daughters and a son. "He had not complained of personal enmity with anyone nor did he express any
threat to his life," Sharma said. Source: Times of India
Jains win right to preserve ancient deity statue in MP
September 25, 2012: In what is being widely perceived as a major win
for the Jain community, the Madhya Pradesh high court has permitted
a Jain trust to preserve an ancient 15-ft statue of deity Lord Adinath. Situated in Kundalpur near Damoh in MP, the deity,
popularly known as 'Bade Baba', forms part of a group of temples scattered over an area of nearly 200 acres dating back to the
6th-7th century AD and is revered for religious significance. A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Sushil Harkauli and Justice
Alok Aradhe recently dismissed the Archaeological Survey of India's
(ASI) ownership claim over the deity and the temple and concluded
that ownership vested with the state government since the ASI had never staked claim after independence.
The HC also took into account the fact highlighted by former
solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam, representing the trust, that
historical records showed the temple in question was looked after
well and preserved by the community and had never been in possession
of the ASI. He further argued that the temples were not accorded the
status of national heritage, on the contrary, it has a religious importance.
The ASI filed a petition in 2006, requesting to stop construction of temple on the Kundalpur temple premises and hand
over the idols found during construction work. In its plea, the ASI
claimed Lord Adinath's idol and the temple signified archaeological
importance and rights should be provided to it for its preservation.
It accused the state and the trust of eyeing the area to carry out
mining and quarrying activity but failed to substantiate the
same. Rejecting ASI's claim, the HC granted nod to 'Bade
Baba Digambar Jain Temple Trust' for construction work provided it
obtained permission from the state government within two months. Source: Times of India
'Jain Kashi' Moodabidri mulls plastic ban
September 13, 2012: While metros are getting increasingly plastic
polluted small towns here are showing the way to be environment
friendly. The Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) last month decided
to ban plastic carry bags from September 15 in the Temple Town,
Moodabidri Town Municipality Council (TMC) will also join the league
from the same date to make the Jain Kashi plastic free by banning plastic carry bags.
Moodabidri TMC president Ratnakar Devadiga says that he wants
to Jain Kashi of the South to be a model and environment friendly
town. About six months back, the TMC removed all garbage bins giving
stress on door to door collection and to discourage people from
throwing all types of garbage in the bins. We have to take a first
step. If somebody had done it a decade back, it would have been controlled by now,'' he said.
The meeting of traders and townsfolk on Monday though did not
elicit a favourable response from traders, the TMC is adamant to go
ahead. The traders urged the TMC to give them some more time to
exhaust their stock and also ban plastic manufacturing totally. The
waste so collected is being given to individuals like Soans farm, PK
Thomas, a TMC member and Shivaraj Rai, a farmer, for composting it.
The town has a dumping site at Marinjagudde where it has about five
acres of land, which Devadiga says will suffice for the town's
requirement for another two decades. Source: Times of India"
One more Jain temple robbed in Patan, Guajrat
8, 2012: Temples in North Guajrat continue to be robbed. The latest
incident of robbery took place in a Jain temple in Patan taluka.
Robbers broke into the tenple in the wee hours on Wednesday and
stole Rs 10 lakh worth of jewellery. Interestingly, despite several
notifications of installing CCTV cameras in the district, the temple
had refrained from installing any surveillance equipments as they
did not have an electricity connection. Mukesh Trivedi the temple
priest explained that in most Jain temples its a practice for not
having a connection as a matter of principle. The robbers, according
to the police complaint had broken the front door lock. Police
suspect the involvement of an insider. According to the police
complaint the robbers had scooted with a gold crown, 20 Kg of silver
and few gold ornaments. By afternoon the dog squad, forensic experts
were called by the local police. Source: Times of India
Bihar Jain community protests against breaking Bhagwan Mahavir’s statue
Patna, September 1, 2012: The leaders of the ten lakh strong Jain community of the
state staged a sit in protest against the desecration of Bhagwan Mahavir’s statue and its breaking by anti social elements at the
Elephant park. The desecration was carried out in a planned manner
by a section of protesters, who had joined a rally against the breakout of violence in Assam on August 17. Said Tony Jain: Lord
Mahavir stands for non- violence. To desecrate a statue in his honour and portraying a mudra of peace, was a well thought out
conspiracy to disturb peace. The Jain community, have been hurt by such an act and they feel enraged.
The entire Jain community of Bihar has joined to support the
sit-in as a mark of protest and symbolic of its hurt feelings. The Jain community leaders and members started the sit in protest at
Digamber Jain mandir at Mithapur from 10 am of Thursday, which continued for the day. Hundreds of people from the community
participated in it, informed Subodh Jain, secretary of Jain Sangh, Patna.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court expressed
serious concern on the state government's failure to replace the statues of Lord Mahavira, which were desecrated by vandals after
Alvida namaz on August 17. The court directed the state government to replace the statues by September 12 or it would constitute a
judicial commission to probe the incident. The court also directed the state authorities to replace the damaged statues with bigger and
better ones. The court said it would hear the matter of action taken
against the vandals after the installation of the statues. The order
was passed by a bench of Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice VK Dixit
on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by three lawyers. The petitioners showed the video footage of the vandalism to the judges.
The PIL sought replacement of the statues action against the vandals
who damaged the statues as well as government and public property after Alvida
namaz. It also sought action against the police officials who initially remained mute spectators allowing the violent march to
proceed and acted only after damage had been done and mediapersons were attacked. Chief standing counsel IP Singh said the state
government has released Rs 24 lakh for replacement of the statues. The government has arrested five persons in connection with the
above incident, he added.
Five 'ashtadhatu' idols stolen from Jain temple
Indore August 22, 2012 (PTI): Five ancient 'ashtadhatu' (mixed metal) idols were stolen from a Jain
temple at Rau near here, police said today. The incident occurred late last night when some robbers broke open the
doors of the temple and took away the idols and cash from the donation
box, police said. The temple's priest noticed the theft this morning when he went to the
temple and informed police about it.
Rs 5 lakh silver canopy stolen from a Jain temple
RAJKOT, August 13, 2012: On the eve of religious period of
paryushan, thieves raided a Jain temple and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh on Monday.The burgled temple was Pattani Derasar located near Jubilee Park. Police
said the theft took place between 8.30 am and 8.45 am on Monday morning." It
was a broad daylight burglary in which burglars spent only 15 minutes in stealing the jewellery. The booty included a silver canopy
under which the idol is placed. The canopy weighing seven to eight kg
silver is estimated to be worth Rs 5 lakh," said an official from A-division of Rajkot police where the case has been registered.
Meanwhile, police have detained two temple priests for questioning. Source: Times of India
300-year-old idols of Lord Parswanath stolen from Jain temple in Shivpuri
Bhopal, August 10, 2012 (DNA): Unidentified miscreants made away with ancient idols
from a famous Jain temple in Shivpuri district late on Wednesday night after tying the priest with rope. The incident occurred at
Golakot Jain temple near Khaniadhana. The stolen stone idols of Lord Parswanath are believed to be more than 300 years old. The robbers
had come to the temple posing as devotees.Police said, they requested the temple staff to let them stay at night.After initial
refusal, the priest agreed to let them spend the night on the premises. Soon after getting inside, the robbers caught the two
gardeners Harish Singh and Motilal apart from the priest Ratan Chand, whom they tied with a rope.
"They were around six in numbers, and had arrived in a white car. Surprisingly they didn't touch the cash box, and just
took away the idols weighing in quintals," said a police officer adding that the victims freed themselves after the accused
escaped. The accused, who were carrying firearms, had also collected
SIM cards of victims' cell phones before leaving the spot. Local traders registered strong protest against the incident and demanded
immediate action. They also kept the market closed. Source: DNA
Jain community members stage protest against temple burglary
AJMER, July 29, 2012: The Jain community here on Friday staged a protest march
demanding arrest of the culprits who stole four statues from the Parshavnath Jain temple on July 16.
Blaming the police of inaction, the community members said even after 10
days after the burglary of the statues, the personnel are not able to
get any clues of the thieves. The community members said the stolen statues were of Chandra
Prabha, two of Lord Mahaveera and one of Adinath made from an eight element
compound. These statues were very scared for the community, they said.
"Police assured us to find the robbers within one week, but even after
ten days they do not know who robbed those statues" said Sushil Jain, a member of the community.
Seeking recovery of the statues soon, Sunil Bilwari, another member
said, "Temples are not safe and police are doing nothing." The protest march which passed through main roads of the city was
concluded at the police headquarters here where the demonstrators demanded effective action from the police to find the stolen statues and
arrest the thieves. They also submitted a memorandum to the SP in this regard.
Last year, statutes were also stolen from Nala bazaar region and similar
incidents happened at the temple in dargah bazaar.
Jain spiritual leader asks community to condemn female feticide
AJMER, July 23, 2012: In the wake of rising incidents of female feticide in the state, Jain spiritual leaders have now
come forward to condone the act and appealed to the community to shun the practice. Jain saint Vishudh Sager appealed to other
religious leaders to come together and build a common platform to check the evil practice. Calling the act of killing the girl child
inhuman, he said, "Non-violence in not only the base of Jain
religion but is preached by all religions and was even advocated by Mahatma Gandhi
Addressing a gathering at Ajmer on 'Chaturmas', Muni Sager
said, "Girls have a right to live. It is not only our duty but
also our religion to ensure that no girl is denied the right."
He further said that this is one issue that he will take up at every
gathering to drive home the message that killing a girl child is
against religion. "In the desire for a boy, mothers are killing
girls in their womb which is a sin," he said. "It is my
duty to create awareness in the community and the society at large
against female feticide." "No religion allows
killing a girl in the womb. When there is non-violence, there is
harmony and prosperity. It is the duty of every human to respect the
right to live of every creature on this planet," he said.
Meanwhile speaking in a gathering in Chota Dhara of Nasiya
Muni Prasan Sager said that performing duty is the right religion an
non-violence in the duty of each person. Addressing the dhrama sabha
muni asked devotees to follow our culture. They took initiation to
teach foeticide as evil in series of gathering of 'chaturmas'. Muni
Sager came to Ajmer to speak in several chaturmas gatherings,
talking on the issue of his speech in Pasharvnath Digamber Jaiswal
temple of Naka Madar, he said that, Source: Times of India
Four ancient idols stolen from Jain temple in Ajmer
AJMER, July 17, 2012: Four precious Ashtadhatu idols of
the Jain temple at Hathibhatta colony here were stolen on Monday.
This is the fourth incident of stealing of Jain idols from different
temples in the past two years in the city. According to the police,
when the caretaker of Parshavanath Jain temple of Hathibhatta came
to open the door of the temple on Monday morning, he found that the
idols were missing. "One was of Chandra Prabha, two were of
Lord Mahaveera and the other one of Adhinath. All of them were
precious and ancient," said a Jain leader. The news of the
theft angered the Jain community. "This is one of the important
temples for us and now it seems that even gods are not safe in this
city," said a devotee. The police have registered a case and started investigation.
Last year, idols were stolen from Nala Bazaar region and a
similar incident took place in dargah bazaar area where there are
old Jain temples. Till now, police are unable to recover these
Stolen ancient idol recovered, one held in Indore
Indore, July 12, 2012 (PTI) A 200-year-old ancient idol of Jain
Tirthankara Parshwnath was today recovered from a person in Palasia area here, police said. One
Imran and his friend allegedly stole the idol from Jain Parshwnath
temple in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh in 2010 and the former was on way to
fix a deal for it with a buyer in the city when he was nabbed, Crime branch deputy SP Jayanat Rathore told PTI. The idol, made of 'ashtdhatu'
(metallic), is estimated to be worth several lakhs, Rathore said. Police
said they were also trying to explore if Imran had any links with idol
smugglers. While Imran has been arrested, search for his missing aide
Shahjad is on, Rathore added. Source: IBNLive
Final hearing of child diksha plea on August 1
MUMBAI, July 5, 2012: Observing that it is a matter that will have wide
ramifications, the Bombay high court on Wednesday posted to August 1
the final hearing of a petition which asserts that child diksha or
renunciation is a practice integral to Jainism. Justices Dhananjay
Chandrachud and Ramesh Dhanuka will hear and give their verdict on a
petition filed by Ashok Bagricha and others challenging the Child Welfare Committee's jurisdiction.
In March 2004, the diksha ceremony of an eight-year-old girl
was reported to CWC by the Childline NGO. In July 2006, the HC
directed CWC to find out if she had taken diksha voluntarily. CWC
reported that she needed care but her parents challenged the CWC's
order in the HC, which granted a stay. Source: Times of India
Burglars steal 19 idols from Jain temple
June 27, 2012: Burglars gained entry into Jain temple at Aghapura
and escaped with 19 Digambar swamy idols and 20 stands on Monday
night. The miscreants entered the temple by breaking open the window
grill. They used the keys kept inside to open the display safes and
took away seven silver idols and 12 idols made of copper and bronze.
They also stole 20 idol stands made of silver, Habeeb Nagar inspector NSV Venkateswar Rao said. The incident came to light on Tuesday when the temple doors
were opened in the morning. Based on a complaint lodged by temple
committee representative Pavan, a burglary case was registered under
sections 457/380 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Mahamastakabhisheka for idol of thirthankara
dist), June 18, 2012: In a show of devotion and grandeur, Mahamastakabhishekha was performed for the idol of Shantinatha
Teerthankara, amidst chants by devotees, at the Jain Basadi at Bastihalli near here on June 18, 2012. Members of Jain Milan in
Hassan, Adagur, Kadadarahalli, Hongere and surrounding areas had organised the mega event on the occasion of Janma, Moksha and
Deeksha Kalyana days of the 16th teerthankara of Jain sect, aligning on the same day.
The idol of Shantinatha was anointed with water, milk, sandalwood paste, turmeric, tender coconut water, rice flour,
decoction of herbs and finally, with flowers. Women devotees sang songs of devotion and watched the anointment ceremony unfold in
front of their eyes. Vedic chants coupled with those of Jainism created an aura of devotion. Mahamangalarati was performed after the
"Shantidhaare" was completed. Mass feeding ceremony was held for all devotees and their families who had arrived to
attend the auspicious event. Priests Jina Raju, A B Nagaraju, Jinendra and others performed the pooka rituals. Executive president
of Jain Milan Zone 8 Prasanna Kumar, director S P Naga Kumar, Yuvaraj Bhandari, Jain Milan Arogya Raksha executive president S B
Suresh, leaders S N Ashok Kumar, Prem Kumar and others were present
on the occasion. Source:www.deccanherald.com
Shravanabelagola seer visits Mysore after 15 years
MYSORE, June 11, 2012: Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Mahaswami of Digambara Jain Mutt ,
Shravanabelagola, visited the city after a span of 15 years and was accorded a traditional welcome.
The Mysore Jain community was eagerly awaiting for this occasion. The
seer inaugurated Sri Mahaveer Bhavan, a community hall, at Srirampura. Bhuvana Keerthi Bhattaraka Swami
of Digambara Jain Mutt, Kanakagiri was also present. The seer inaugurated a garden adjacent the newlybuilt hall by planting
saplings and delivered a message of love and peaceful coexistence with flora and fauna.
"Nations are finding ways to destroy mankind. Those violent nations, who
are killing each other in the name of aggressive patriotism and religion, are looking toward India because religion like Jainism
propagate peace that is unique to the nation," said district minister S A Ramdas. Ramdas said a corpus fund to help cancer children has been set up as
directed by the seer and the 20-bedded wards will be inaugurated at the government hospitals in 20 districts. The facility will be opened
on June 15, he said. Source:Times of India
Theft from a Jain temple near Saibaba Temple
Shirdi, Jun 4, 2012 (PTI): Two cash boxes and some items used in pooja were
stolen from a Jain temple located near the Saibaba Temple here in Western
Maharashtra, police said today. The theft came to light when a priest opened the temple, which has two security guards but no
CCTV, this morning. After receiving the complaint, police pressed into service a dog squad but no clue was found, they said. PTI
century Kannada inscription from a ruined Jain temple found
BANGALORE, May 29, 2012: Historian and research scholar D N Akki Gogi from Yadagir district has unearthed an 11th century
inscription written in Kannada from a ruined Jain temple in Allur village in Gulbarga district. According to the experts, the
inscription, which is on a stone pillar, was written in the form of
Kannada that was used in 1050 AD. The inscription was read by eminent epigraphers, including, Sitaram Jagirdar and Dr M G
Manjunath from Mysore University. It is said that Allur village was ruled by the chieftains of Kalyana Chalukya rulers. The ruined Jain
temple, where the inscription was found, was reportedly built by the
devotee Benneya Machisetty during the time of Jain saint Munigunachandra. Experts said that the threeline- ling inscription
revealed an account of those who built the temple in the 11th century.
Apart from the inscription, the Jain temple also houses a three-feet-long statue of Lord Parshwanath, the 23rd Tirthankara in
whose memory the structure was built. “This temple is a treasure trove for researchers of ancient temples,” D N Akki informed
Express. Experts added that the place where the inscription was found has traces
Nishadi Shilpas. The findings signify that there Jain saints used to practice ‘Sallekhana Vritha’, a rigorous ritual of holy fast
unto death, which aimed to gain ‘Moksha’ from the world. Source: IBNLive
Jains celebrate Mahavir Jayanti
MUMBAI, April 6, 2012: The 15 lakh-strong Jain community in the city celebrated Mahavir Jayanti, birth anniversary of the 24th Tirthankar,
over Wednesday and Thursday. The Moortipujak sect observed it a day before while the Sthanakvasis did so on Thursday. This marks 2,611 years
since the birth of the apostle of peace who founded Jainism. Premchand Jain, trustee of Mahavir Shantinath Jain temple at Fort,
observed the occasion on Wednesday. "We hosted Sammuh Sanatra Mahapuja Mahotsav," he said.
'Prabhat pheris' were taken around in several neighbourhoods. At city's
oldest Jain shrine, the Goriji Parshvanath Jain temple at Pydhonie, Muni Vimalsagarji said it did not matter which day
is celebrated. "What matters are the lessons you take," he said. This is
a seminal year for the Pydhonie derasar, which is gearing up to celebrate its 200th anniversary on May 1.
Three idols stolen from Jain temple
Bokaro, March 23, 2012: A nearly three-decade-old Jain temple in the heart of Bokaro steel city
was robbed of three ashtadhatu idols and 13 silver parasols approximately valued at around Rs 12 lakh in the small hours of Thursday.
The daring incident is a grim reminder of the desecration of idol and theft at the centuries-old Rajrappa temple in Ramgarh district, which
triggered a wave of resentment and security tizzy in the state in July 2010.
Sources at the Sri Digambar Jain Mandir, which is situated on NH-23 in
Sector II-D of the steel city, said the culprits had taken away the 13-inch-tall idol Lord Parshwanath and 11-inch idols of Lord Mahavir and
Lord Shantinath. All the three ashtadhatu idols were plated with gold
and studded with diamonds. The silver parasols, on the other hand, were of different sizes (three
big and rest small) and together they weighed around 3kg. President of Digambar Jain Samiti Mahendra Kumar Jain said the idols
were on their respective singhasans (thrones) at 8pm on Wednesday, when the aarti was performed. The gate of the temple was closed after that.
The theft was first noticed around 4.30am by the temple's 54-year-old caretaker Ram Dular Singh, who has been staying on the premises with his
family for 26 years. Singh, as is his routine, woke up before dawn to clean the temple premises only to find a window grille in the main hall dismantled. He
found a screw driver on the floor and the three idols missing, and reported the matter to founder member Indra Chandra Jain. The latter
informed police. Sri Digambar Jain Mandir, which attracts a daily footfall of 500-odd
devotees, was built in 1983. The stolen idols were, however, ferried in 1992 from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
President of Bokaro Chamber of Commerce Sanjay Baidya said the thieves
left behind a few silver worshipping tools, but cleaned out the idols, hurting the sentiments of the Jain community as a whole. Octogenarian
founder- member Indra Chandra said he had lost appetite ever since he came to know that the idols of his three lords were missing.
Lord Mahavir, Parshwanathji and Shantinathji were like the heads of our
Jain community who we have lost. We made this temple brick by brick. How happy we were when the idols were brought from
Rajasthan. Please bring them back, the 84-year-old urged police.
Coal Belt DIG Laxman Singh, Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi and Intelligence
Bureau officers rushed to the spot in the morning for investigations. A
sniffer dog was also pressed into service. Dwivedi said policemen had been sent to different places for probe,
while exit and entry points to the district was under strict surveillance.
Meanwhile, calls are pouring in from all over the country, with Jain
devotees wanting to know whether the culprits have been arrested and the idols found. Source: The Telegraph Calcutta
Khajuraho finally finds a place on railway map
Agra, March 16, 2012: Khajuraho, known for famous medieval Jain temples and Hindu temples with erotic sculptures, will finally
come on the railway map. The Udaipur-Gwalior Express has been extended to Khajuraho, in Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh.
Passengers will board the train from Agra Cantonment station around 11 a.m. and reach Khajuraho in the evening.
The proposal for a train to Khajuraho had been hanging fire
for a few years. Agra's tourism industry was keen that a direct train be provided so that tourists could visit the famed
destination. According to railway spokesman Bhupendra Dhillon here, the train to Khajuraho will run from Thursday. "From Udaipur to
Khajuraho, the 1,106 km will be covered in 21 hours and 20 minutes," she said. Rakesh Chauhan, president of the Agra
Hotels and Restaurants Association, welcomed the rail connectivity to Khajuraho.The rail link to Khajuraho from Jhansi was completed
more than a year ago Source: Times of India
1,500-year-old marble idol of Chakreshwari Mataji theft: Cong to take out rally
PALANPUR, February 28, 2012: The failure of police to recover the 1,500-year-old marble
idol of 'Chakreshwari' Mataji', stolen from Digambar Jain temple at Umta village in Visnagar taluka of Mehsana distinct on Sunday last by some
miscreants, has assumed political overtones. Congress has decided to take out a rally on Tuesday in Mehsana to demand
the resignation of minister of state for home Praful Patel over the failure of police to recover the Rs one crore worth idol even after so many days.
Congress MP from Patan Jadish Thakore told TOI that though eight days
have passed since the theft took place, but there has been no progress in the case.
He said it was regrettable more for the fact that the minister belonged
to Umta village yet he has so far not visited the place once. "Congress has the habit of adding fuel to fire. It was trying to make
political capital out of the issue," Mehsana district Bharatiya Janata
Party president, Rishikesh Patel, who is also an MLA from Visnagar, said. Meanwhile, Moniji Nirbhay Sagar, who is on a fast unto death for the
past eight day, said, "Chief minister Narendra Modi has assured me
of early recovery of the stolen idol. Until the idol is recovered and restored to its place, I will not take food. I have given up milk and
juice already. I will now stop taking water too." A large number of devotees are arriving from Kalol, Ahmedabad, Palanpur and other places
to the village to express their solidarity with Moniji. Source: Times of India
Muni Nirbhay Sagar Maharaj threatens fast unto death
PALANPUR, February 23, 2012: Muni Nirbhay Sagar Maharaj, the head of Umta Digambar Jain
temple, some 8 km from Visnagar in Mehsana district, has threatened to go on
fast unto death if the stolen ancient idol of Chakreshwari Mata is not found.
Talking to TOI, Moni said, "I have abandoned food since the time I came
to know of the theft. I would give up even liquids and go on fast till the idol is recovered."
Around 250-300 devotees from across the state will also join Moni in his
fast. Devotees from other parts of the country have also expressed their
solidarity with Muni. Meanwhile, director of State Archeological Survey Y S
Rawat said, "The lost idol was indeed unique for its sculptural prettiness. It was a
priceless piece. The idol belongs to 1200-1300 CE during the Solanki dynasty." Source: Times of India
Ancient idol worth Rs 1 crore stolen from Jain temple
PALANPUR, February 21, 2012: Amid Mahashivratri celebration, a dozen
unidentified miscreants stole 1,500-year-old marble idol of 'Chakreshwari
Mata' worth Rs 1 crore from a Jain temple, eight km from Visnagar in Mehsana district, during wee hours on Monday. Around 10 to 12
thieves barged into the temple premises after breaking the channel gate and stole the 2.5-feet-high idol weighing 90 kg. Surprisingly,
the thieves did not even attempt to touch the silver crown, umbrella studded with ornaments and cash, police said.
The incident came to light when temple priest Shakuntla Devi found the idol missing and alerted local temple head Muni Nirbhay
Sagar. "We have gathered evidence from the spot and efforts are on to nab the miscreants," Mehsana superintendent of police R J
Sawani said. The investigations were handed over to the Local Crime Branch. Two years ago thieves had targeted the Taranga Jain temple
and tried to steal the idol of Lord Neminath. But because it was heavy, the idol broke on the way and miscreants could take only the
head. "We cannot rule out the links between the two as accused in the Taranga case are out on bail and did not remain present in
the court last time," Sawani added. Moniji said it was the second time that attempt was made to steal the idols. The stolen
idol was one of the 58 ancient idols installed in the temple on June 6 last year after they were found during excavation near Rajgadhi
Tikara in the village in 2002. Source: Times of India
Lost tirth of Jains traced to Himalayas
February 13, 2012: According to book Ashtapad Maha Tirth
Jain devotees will now get a chance to know and learn about one of the five major Tirths in Jainism, 'Ashtapad Maha Tirth' which is
believed to have been lost. The Maha Tirth is situated in the snow-clad Himalayas. The book, 'Ashtapad Maha Tirth', seems to be
well- researched book. The book's author Dr Rajnikant Shah has aimed at creating a much larger Tirth in India. Dr Shah was born in 1935
in India and moved from Jaipur to Mumbai to study medicine. There are many stories related to Ashtapad Maha Tirth like Kumar and
Sagar's sons, Tapas Kher Parna, Ravan and Mandodri Bhakti, among many others.
But as per Jain scriptures, the first Tirthankar, Bhagwan Rushabhdev, had attained nirvana on the Ashtapad Mountain.
The son of Bhagwan Rushabhdev, Chakravati Bharat, had built a palace adorned with gems on the Ashtapad Mountain located in the serene
Himalayas. Several written materials and articles were collected on Ashtapad from scriptures and compiled in different volumes.
The book which is a compilation of the material gathered talks about the life of Arhat Rishabh, who breathed his last and
attained parinirvana, when the moon was inconjunction with the constellation Abhijit. Arhat Rishabh lived the life of a prince for
two million years and ruled as a king for six million and three hundred thousand years. He thus lived as a householder for a total
of eight million and three hundred thousand years. The book also talks about the time of Lord Adinath, ancient Jain Tirth, India's
Digambar Jain Tirth, Jainism in Central Asia where Jain religion literature is mentioned. The location of Ashtapad is still being
searched as to where in the Himalayas it is situated. The book also has stories of Bharat Chakravati, Ravan and Mandodri, Mahamani
Chintamani, and a lot more. Source: DNA
Mahamastakabhisheka off to a colourful start at Venur Karnataka
Mangalore, January 29,2012: The nine-day anointment (Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations) of the
35-foot monolith Venoor Bhagwan Shri Bahubali Swamy celebrations in Venur began on a colourful note on Saturday. Chief Minister
D.V. Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the celebrations.
Mahamastakabhisheka is held once in every 12 years in a grand manner.
Streets leading up to Akkangala Basadi, which is behind the statue of
Bahubali, were decorated. The rituals leading up to Mahamastakabhisheka began with a procession
led by a decorated elephant. The procession went in circumambulation around the site of Bahubali's statue. Several women dressed in identical
saris walked behind the elephant in two lines holding kalashas. The kalashas contained water that would be used in the Mahamastakabhisheka
Head of the Ajila princely family, Padmaprasad Ajila, poured the first
kalasha of water, followed by his family members. A total of 108 kalashas of water were poured on the first day, besides many other
items, including sandalwood paste and milk. The devotees poured water over the statue of Bahubali from a specially constructed platform and
paid obeisance. A large number of devotees watched the proceedings.
The Ajila princely family is credited to have taken pains to install the
statue – known as Naguva Gommata (the smiling Gommata) – in 1609 on the
banks of the Phalguni river. The Heggade family was present. Before the formal inauguration, religious leaders, including Acharya 108
Gunadharanandi Maharaj, addressed the devotees. The acharya said that
Gandhi and Anna Hazare followed the concepts of ahimsa which were propounded by Mahaveera. Devotees frequently raised slogans of “Bahubali
ki jai” and “Parshwanath swamy ki jai”.
By the end of the formal programme, the number of people swelled.
Several book stalls selling books related to the Jain history and religion were set up near the venue. Hundreds of people visited the
basadi of Chandranatha Swami which is behind the statue of Bahubali.
Earlier, Mr. Gowda said that a Jain Adhyayana Peetha would be set up in Mangalore University and allocations would be made in the next budget.
The peetha would help spread the Jain philosophy among the people. Mr. Gowda requested the Special Representative of the Karnataka
Government in Delhi, Dhananjay Kumar, to ensure that funds meant for minorities also reached the Jain community. He was responding to Acharya
108 Gunadharanandi Maharaja's remark that although the government released Rs. 400 crore for minorities every year, only Rs. 2 crore had reached the Jain community.
He said that he would look into the demand for providing reservation to the Jain community. Source: The Hindu