Mahavir Jayanti: Happy Birthday Lord Mahavira – April 2014

Happy Mahavir Jayanti 2014

Mahavir Jayanti, also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak is the most auspicious and celebrated event in Jainism. Mahavir Jayanti is the birth date of Lord Mahavir and falls under April 14th in 2014 (based on the Gregorian calendar), but can shift days every year due to the difference in the Hindu calendar system and the […]

International students Visit Somaiya Vidyavihar for Launch of Book and Session on Jain philosophy

Somaiya Vidyavihar

By Vinay Maurya and Vikram Kamble (CHAKRA) As Jainism encourages spiritual development through cultivation of one’s own personal wisdom and reliance on self control through vows, Somaiya has taken a step further as a part of their teaching and educating students through Jain philosophy. The book “Various facets of Saman Suttam” will be released on 24th May, 2012 at […]

Buddhists, Hindus, Jains & Sikhs Combine for 1st White House Conference for Social Justice

Sikhism, Jainism, Hinduism, & Buddhism delegates offer prayers

USA - Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC) again made history, co-hosting with The White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Agencies and the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships an historic conference, Community Building in the 21st Century with Strengthened Dharmic Faith-Based Institutions for the Dharmic (defined as ,Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh) […]

Celebrations Amidst the Opening of a Jain Temple in Tamil Nadu

The history of Jainism in Tamil Nadu dates back to 2nd century BCE. Tamil Jains are traditionally called 'Samanars' (Shramana).

Over ten thousand followers of Jainism gathered at the consecration ceremony of the newly built Shri Matru Pitru Smruti Shri Sheetainath Tirthankar Jinalaya. The ceremony was held for the opening of the Kalas on the temple tower as well as for the prathista of the holy men of the religion known as the Tirthankaras. The […]

Tallest Jain Idol in World to be Built in Panchkula

An idol of Tirthankar Bhagwan Parshvanath

Chandigarh, Punjab (CHAKRA) — Jain tourism is going to be enhanced by the new Jain idol that will be built in Panchkula. The 23rd Tirthankar Bhagwan Parshvanath idol is being installed in a new temple in Sector 18. The idol will be 7.3 feet and up by the middle of March. 1,008 cobras will be […]

1,219 Hindu and Jain Temples Face Demolition in the Mangalore Area

A Hindu Temple being demolished by the Indian Government

By Arun Shanghvi A Hindu Temple being demolished by the Indian Government Mangalore, India (CHAKRA) — The Supreme Court has stated that 1,201 Hindu and 17 Jain places of worship are currently under threat of being demolished because they are considered to be religious institutions that are located in public places and apparently fall under a […]

National Seminar Held to Revive Jainism

Jainism - A Dharmic Faith

India (CHAKRA) – A 36-year old book which seeks to unite all sects of Jainism has been brought to light after a group of Jain scholars organized a national seminar to revive the book.  The importance of the message of the text is what has led them to hold a separate seminar to bring awareness. […]

Jainism Summer School Gets Foreign Attraction

Parshwanath Vidyapeeth in Varanasi

By Arun Shanghvi Varanasi, India (CHAKRA) —The old city of Varanasi is witnessing an attraction from foreign countries, specifically to two religions—Jainism and Buddhism.  It seems the influence of the two religions is stretching outside of the borders of Varanasi. While Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon, previously emerged into an international […]

Jain’s Get Closer to Having Their Own Place of Worship in Auckland

A Colorful Jain Temple in India

By Arun Shanghvi A Colorful Jain Temple in India Auckland, New Zealand (CHAKRA) – With the visit of Jain leader, Munishri Jinchandraji to Auckland, the Jain community is one step closer to building a place of worship of their own there.  As the community, with the help of Jinchandraji are making progress towards their goal, […]