Bihar govt to open tourist information centre in Mumbai
Patna, July 23, 2015 : The state government has decided to open a tourist information centre in Mumbai to attract
more tourists to Bihar. The number of domestic as well as foreign tourists visiting Bihar has increased in recent times. A tourist
information centre in the country's commercial capital will boost the number further, said a senior tourism department official here.
The government has selected Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) premises in Kurla area for the purpose. The
centre will provide information about important tourist sites in Bihar, including the archaeological sites, Pawapuri for Jain
festival and Rajgir for annual world peace festival accommodation nearby, the rail and air connectivity to Patna and Bodh Gaya, etc, said the official. Source: indiatimes.com
Jain treasure for museum
Bhubaneswar, July 15, 2015: Chance finding of six rare Jain idols, perceived to belong to the period between 6th and 12th century AD, from Biripada
village near Muniguda in Rayagada district will add to the rich collection of the Odisha State Museum.
The metal idols were discovered from an ancient well-like structure barely 300 metres away from the course of the Bansadhara river near
Munigada, which is nearly 385km from here. The idols were found on June 25 when local tribals were digging the place for edible roots.
Culture and tourism secretary Arvind Padhee said: "After getting information on the rare idols, I had
deputed a team of officials and archaeologist to Biripada and they are back with the idols. We will consult various experts in the field of
archaeology to ascertain their antiquity and then hand them over to the state museum so that people can see them.''
Based on their structural pattern and design, officials and archaeologists of the state archaeology hinted that the rare metal idols
might belong to the 10th or 12th century AD. However, they have consulted experts of the Archaeological Survey of
India (ASI) at the Bhubaneswar circle office for a final opinion. Source: telegraphindia.com
Robbery attempt at Jain temple foiled
CHANDRAPUR, July 10, 2015: A gang of unidentified robbers made a failed attempt at
ancient Parshvanath Jain temple in Bhadrawati on last Friday night. The robbers overpowered three sentries and succeeded in
breaking into the main temple, but buzzing alarm foiled their bid and they fled, empty handed.
The robbers, six in number, came to the temple in the wee hours. However, before they could remove valuables from the
idol of Parshvanath or the money from the donation boxes, the siren started blowing. Startled by the alarm, the robbers fled, without taking anything from the temple.
Police sources claimed that the robbers had covered faces with scarves
and hence they were unable to identify them with the help of footage obtained from CCTV cameras. Police responded quickly to the buzzing
siren and rushed to the temple premises, but till then robbers had disappeared into the dark.
This is the second time when robbers targeted the Jain temple. Earlier in July 2011, a gang had robbed the temple of cash and valuables worth
Rs26 lakh. The police department failed to crack that case and the robbers are still at large. Source: Times of India
Stolen 'ashtadhatu' idols of Mahavira recovered
June 27, 2015; The police today arrested one person and recovered three 'ashtadhatu'
(made of eight metals) idols of Lord Mahavira stolen from a Jain temple in Kishanganj district of Bihar.
Kishanganj Superintendent of Police Rajiv Ranjan said the idols were stolen in May from Jain Digambar Temple at Thakurganj in the district.
The people belonging to the Jain community were on relay hunger strike since then to press for their recovery. "The police had been investigating the case and
conducting raids for the recovery. Unnerved by the pressure, the thieves left the idols at the house of a former Mukhiya and RJD leader Mushtaq
Alam. We have arrested one Mohammad Jubaidul of Amaljhari village in this connection," Ranjan said.
The idols are around 150 year old and are considered invaluable. Their disappearance had created a sensation in the area. Darbhanga zonal
Inspector General (IG) Amit Kumar Jain had himself visited the temple and supervised the investigations. sOURCE: PTI
Jain temple adds to Kochi's iconic structures
KOCHI, June 16, 2015: A Jain temple, resembling the famous ones on Mount Abu in Rajasthan, is nearing completion in the heart of Kochi along the quiet
Srinivasa Mallan Road, just 50m from MG Road. The construction of the temple, devoted to the 12th Tirthankar Vasupujya Swami, began in 2007
and has already attracted attention for its ornamental detail and minutely-carved ceilings, doorways and pillars.
Sources said no rust-prone metal, soil or cement were used to construct the 2,000 sq ft temple for which 560 tonnes of marble were brought from
Rajasthan. The two other components used were silver and gold. Around 90% of the works are over and the remaining will be done before Paryushan, the most-celebrated festival, in September. "Acharya Ravi
Shekhar Marasaheb visited Kochi early in 2000 and advised us to build a temple without using any material that would rust or has element of life
in it, like soil. Kochi being a reclaimed city, it was difficult to construct a strong foundation. We used brass, placed huge stone pillar
blocks on it and filled the gaps using powdered stone. The temple was opened in 2011," said a source, adding that 100 families pray at the temple every day.
The temple has a carving depicting Mount Shatrunjaya in Gujarat and the Panch Kalyanak, the complete portal on Jainism. Source: Times of India
Jain temple of Ganga period excavated
Bharathingar, (Mandya dist) ,June 5, 2015, DHNS: A Jain Basadi, built during Ganga dynasty in the sixth century, has
been excavated near Arethippuru village, Maddur taluk, Mandya district.
In the month of September and October, a team of more than 30 archeologists lead by T M?Keshava, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist
of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and Assistant Archaeologist Aravali, had taken up the excavation works.
A Jain temple, measuring about hundred feet in length and 40 feet in width was discovered, along with seven statues atop Chandragiri Hill.
The jain temple consists of a facade, an entrance and sanctum sanctorum.
Ten stone pillars, statues of Bahubali, Yaksha and Yakshini, have been
excavated. Apart from them, several other relics that were used to peform rituals at the temple were also discovered during the excavation.
Experts opine that the Basadi was dedicated to one of the Thirtankaras of Jainism and was once a popular place for pilgrims, along with the temples at Shravanabelagola.
Following the retirement of Keshava, T Arun Raj has been appointed as the superintendent of the excavation project. However, the works have
been temporarily discontinued. Aravali said that there were chances that four more Jain temples are present around the excavation site. “We will get more
information once excavation is continued,” he said.
Precious idols stolen from Jain temple in Bihar
Kishanganj, May 14, 2015: Three precious idols were stolen from a Jain temple near the Thakurganj block office in the district, a police officer said Wednesday.
The thieves late last night broke into the Digambar Jain temple by forcing the front gate and stole three idols, including one of Lord Mahavira, he said.
The idols, made of 'astadhatu', were brought from Bhagalpur for installation at the temple, which was built in 1978, the officer added. Source: PTI
Rajgir ropeway closed due to earthquake tremors
PATNA, May 1, 2015: The closure of ropeway and hot springs at Rajgir and 'Jal Mandir' at Pawapuri after frequent
tremors has affected the normal flow of tourists and pilgrims. The country's one of the oldest ropeways yields highest revenue to Bihar
State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC).
"Nalanda administration closed the ropeway on April 25 afternoon after the earthquake as a safety measure,"
said Sanjeev Kumar, in charge of the ropeway.
BSTDC MD Mohd Sohail said the ropeway would be operational from Thursday. The chair-lift ropeway was donated by
famous Japanese monk Fuji Guruji. Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan was the first to ride it. "We had to return disappointed because we
were not informed about its closure," said a traveller.
According to a rough estimate, BSTDC has incurred a huge loss due to its closure. It is the only medium for reaching the
top of the 400 metres high hill and the world peace pagoda.
Another famous tourist place, the Jal Mandir at Pawapuri, has been closed for public since Wednesday. Pawapuri Jal
Mandir priest Umakant said 2,500-year-old temple in the middle of a pond is spread over 50 acres and could be dangerous for pilgrims in
the event of tremor. Source: Times of India
Stone inscriptions, Jain sculptures found
Konanur (Hassan dist), April 09, 2015: Stone inscriptions and sculptures related to Jainism, more than 500 years
old, were discovered in Sulugodu village, under Handrangi Gram Panchayat, in Konanur hobli, Hassan district, on Monday.
A farmer, who was using an excavator to dig his field, discovered these sculptures and inscriptions. A few
sculptures of Jain Thrithankara Mahaveer were unearthed recently in the same village.
The sculptures have been kept at the Basaveshwara temple nearby. With some more statues and inscriptions discovered on
Monday, locals opine that the lands surrounding the Basaveshwara temple should be excavated and hoped to find more such statues.
The village was known as Sulugodu about 450 to 500 years ago and was under the control of Palegar Somaraja. After his
name, it was called Sulugodu Somapura since 50 years.
According to Shivappa, a senior citizen, princess Chandanadevi meditated in a Jain Basadi during the rule of Hoysala
King Vishnuvardhana. Palegar Somaraja had removed the Mahaveer’s statue from the Jain temple and had installed Nandi statue, he
added. A Jain basadi is found at a distance of five kilometres in Kodagu district and is being conserved by the department of
Archaeology and Museums. This is proof to show that jains lived in the region, said the villagers. Source: DHNS
President, PM greet people on Mahavir Jayanti
New Delhi, April 3, 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wished the nation on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.
PM Modi wrote on Twitter: "On Mahavir Jayanti I bow to the venerable Lord Mahavir, who showed the path of peace & welfare for entire humanity."
President Pranab Mukherjee too greeted the nation on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.
"Greetings and good wishes on Mahavir Jayanti to all my fellow citizens and in particular, members of Jain community," the President tweeted.
He said: "Teachings of ahimsa (non violence), truth and compassion enunciated by Bhagwan Mahavira hold great significance for today's world."
"Let us resolve to ceaselessly strive for harmony and amity in our country and across the world on this auspicious day," he added in a series of tweets.
Blood Donation Camp by Gyanoday Digambar Jain Trust
Bangalore, March 25, 2015: A mega blood donation camp, aimed at creating awareness among society about the importance
of donating blood, was today organised by Gyanoday Digambar Jain Trust Bangalore and Dr. Rajkumar Appaji Blood Bank at Digamber Jain
Temple premises, Wilson Garden. The event was inaugurated by Sri Nihal Chand Ji Tholiya, President, Khandelwal Jain Samaj by lighting
a lamp. Around 50 units of blood was collected during the campaign and would be distributed in hospitals across the city.
The camp was being organised to create awareness among the society on blood donation which was vital to save precious
lives, which were being lost for want of blood. The one-day mega camp was organised to address this issue. All the donors were
thoroughly screened and their hemoglobin count was recorded before they were allowed to donate blood. Doctors say that a person can donate blood about 4 times a year.
The chief guests of the function were Sri Anil Ji Sethi, Chairman, SPML group and Mahendra Manout (Maruti Medicals). Source: indiaeducationdiary.in
Jaipur Jains to celebrate Bhagwan Adinath Jayanti
Jaipur, March 15, 2015: The birth anniversary of the first of the twenty-four tirthankaras of Jainism, Bhagwan Adinath,
is going to be celebrated in all 176 Jain temples of Jaipur on March 15, for which preparations have been completed, stated Akhil
Bharatvarshiya Dingambar Jain Parishad (ABDJP) officials.
According to ABDJP, at the Adinath Jain Temple in Pratap Nagar locality of the city, a two-day festival will be held
from today with an evening of devotional songs or Bhakti Sandhya. On March 15^th there would be usual religious ceremonies like Ashtavaya Abhisheka.
In Jainism, the tenet of non-violence, propagated by Bhagwan Adinath, is explained as an attitude of non-injury to self
and all life forms. Violence even at the thought level is seen as an injury to one's own self that inhibits the soul's own ability to
attain mush or liberation. In other words, it is believed that the tendency to harm others ultimately harms one's own soul. Source: merinews
Ornaments worth Rs 5 Lakh stolen from Jain temple
Agra, February 28, 2015: Ornaments worn by deities worth more than Rs 5 lakh were allegedly stolen from a 600-year-old
Jain temple in Awagarh, 25-kms from Etah district, making this the fifth theft in a place of worship in the Braj region this month.
Angry devotees gheraoed the Awagarh police station and blocked roads, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
Police force from several nearby stations was deployed in the area to avoid any untoward situation. The locals agreed to leave only
after SP, city, Visarjan Singh reached the spot and assured immediate arrest of the thieves.
UP DGP AK Jain has ordered cops to solve temple theft cases on a priority basis. Police said 40 g of gold and 6.5 kg silver were stolen from the temple.
Four Idols Stolen from Jain Temple
TIRUVANNAMALAI, February 20, 2015 :Four bronze idols, estimated to be worth Rs 3 lakh, were stolen from a Jain
Temple in Salukkai village near Vandavasi. The incident came to light on Tuesday morning when the priest had gone to perform the
regular pooja and saw the main gate and the door of the sanctum broken open.
On information, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mahendran of Vandavasi along with two inspectors conducted an
inquiry. Police officials said that the bronze idols weigh around 20 kgs and include idols of Mahaveer Jain and Thirthankar. The
miscreants scaled the compound wall of the temple and broke open the main gate of the sanctum and decamped with the idols. Special teams
have been formed to investigate the case. Source: Express News Service
Three astadhatu idols stolen from Jain temple
ALLAHABAD, February 2, 2015: Unidentified burglars made away with three astadhatu idols worth crores of rupees from an
old Jain temple located at Korhar Bazaar under Meja police station late on Tuesday night. Following the incident, irate locals blocked
Meja Road, demanding that police authorities crack the incident at the earliest.
The theft came to the fore when a woman devotee reached the temple and found the locks of the gate broken. She
subsequently informed the village head. Later, three astadhatu idols were found missing.
As news of idol theft spread in the area, locals assembled in front of the temple and blocked vehicular movement. The
village head of the area later informed police and demanded early arrest of culprits. Source: The Times of India
Prince Charles was presented a special Ahimsa Anniversary Award by the Institute of Jainology
LONDON, January 27, 2015: : Britain's Prince Charles was presented with a special Ahimsa Award for hiscompassion and
tolerance towards humankind, animals and nature by a Jain temple on January 24.
The heir to the British throne visited the Jain Derasar temple at Potters Bar in Hertfordshire to mark the 25th
anniversary of the Institute of Jainology. "We all have a duty to work for greater harmony between the religions of the world,
especially when, as now, tolerance is being so severely tested," the 66-year-old royal told hundreds of guests at the event.
"At a particularly heightened time of anxiety for us all when horrific violence is being inflicted on so many
people around the world supposedly in the name of a particular faith by people who have monstrously distorted the original message of its
founder it is of greater importance to recognise your ancient yet constant message of reverence of what is sacred and to appeal for
greater tolerance and understanding of people of different faiths or of none at all," he added.
The Institute of Jainology was established in London with an aim to promote Jain principles of compassion and
non-violence towards all living beings. "In honour of the institute's 25 years, a special Ahimsa Anniversary Award has been
presented to Prince Charles for his work fostering inter-faith dialogue, a better understanding of different religions and for
passion for defending the environment and nature," it said in a statement.
Completed in 2005, Jain Derasar is the largest Jain temple in the UK and the only one in Europe to be constructed
employing ancient Indian architectural styles. The temple is a collaboration of Indian architecture working in conjunction with
British architects and engineers. It is built on beams and counter-balance and, like in ancient times, the building contains no
steel. It is located on 80 acres of green belt land surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Source: The Times of India
CCTV nails thieves in Jain temple
NAGPUR: January 21, 2015 : Two brothers, identified as Akshay and Prashant Male, have been booked for allegedly stealing
around Rs30,000 cash from donation box of an Itwari based Jain temple where they were employed for maintenance. A closed circuit
television camera caught the installed within temple caught the duo in the act.
The temple management, already hassled by relentless thefts from the donation box, had approached cops with the
complaint. In the meantime, the CCTV footage was scanned that helped identify the culprits. Sources in the Lakadganj police station
stated that Akshay would sneak into the shrine after opening the main gate. He would reach the first floor room where the donation
box was kept. He would break the seal and open the donation box using duplicate keys. He would also later restore the seal before
sneaking away. An offence was registered against the Male brothers for theft at Lakadganj police station. Source: timesofindia
Theft in Jain temple Bhopal canopies and cash stolen
BHOPAL, January 13, 2015: Thieves barged into a Jain temple in Nehu Nagar and escaped with
11 chhatras of silver and cash worth Rs 1.25 lakh, here early on Sunday morning. A case was registered at Kamla Nagar police station of the city.
In a year, at least six incidents in which Jain temples were targeted came to light.
In the fresh incident, police said, PK Jain, head of temple committee, is a complainant. Temple is multi-storeyed. Temple cultural secretary
Rajkumar Jain told TOI, the accused probably knew the temple well and gained entry in second floor from adjoining building and committed the theft.
There was a security guard in the temple. Priests and staffers reside in the same building complex, but no one has any idea of the theft, he added.
Source: The Times of India