granted minority status to Jain community
NEW DELHI, January 21,
2014: Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the government granted
minority status on the Jains which will ensure the community of 50
lakh certain benefits in government schemes and programmes.
The decision to grant minority status to the Jain community of about
50 lakhs was taken at the meeting of Union cabinet here, a day after
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi takes up this issue with the
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
At present, five religious groups -- Muslims , Christians , Sikhs ,
Buddhists and Parsis -- are notified as minorities.
Now recognised as a minority, Jains would get a share in
central funds earmarked for welfare programmes and scholarships for
the minorities. They can also manage and administer their own
The community is already enjoying minority status in some states
like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
Numerically, the Jain community is small, with a population of about
50 lakh but they are prosperous, mostly engaged in business. PTI
Panchkalyanak Mahotsava was inaugurated at Shanti Nirmal Darshan Giri Tirtha
Ujjain, December 14, 2013: The week- long Panchkalyanak Mahotsava was inaugurated at under
construction Shanti Nirmal Darshan Giri Tirtha, Digambar Jain temple,
near village Tajpur on Maksi Road under the aegis of Jain Seer Darshan
Sagar, here on Thursday. Religious flag was hoisted with the inauguration of Panchkalyanak Mahotsava.
According to media incharge Sachin Kasliwal, Ved Shuddhi ritual was
performed by 81 Kalash ( urns). President Ashok Jain ‘ Chaiwala’ hoisted
the religious flag. Indra Premchand Dagariya established the Nidhi
Kalash. Main Urn was presided by Vijay Patodi. Kilash Jain presided the
lords and offered flags in ten directions.Tejkumar Vinayaka, Manish
Jain, Subhash Shah, Shailendra Jain, Mahendra Luhadiya, Prem Dagariya
and others were present on this occasion.
Moodabidri's Stolen Rare Precious Jain Idols Recovered
Mangalore, (Karnataka), November 8, 2013: The rare precious Jain idols that were stolen from the
'Siddantha Darshan temple' of Moodabidiri have been recovered on November 5, 2013.
His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji the pontiff of Moodabidri Jain Math has confirmed this.
A well packed box weighing about 750 Grams containing the Jain idols that were stolen from the Siddantha Mandir
were sent to the police commissioner office at Mangalore through speed post from
Bhubaneshwar. The police commissioner's office invited Abhijith M. and Bhattarakha Swamiji of Moodabidri Jain Math to visit their office as they will be opening the box and they would like to have their presence during this process.
With the video cameras the box was opened and the idols were taken out of the box. In the box recoverd a total of 12 idols, 7 of them made
of different precious stones, 5 idols made of spathika (natural crystal). Of the 5 spathika idols one of them is broken.
Total Number of Idols Recovered - *Out of the 20 idols stolen 15 have
been recovered (3 recovered earlier and 12 that were recovered at Mangalore) and 5 gold idols are yet to be recovered.
It is significant to note that the biggest campaign ever for recovery of
the stolen Jain idols was led by Mr.Gajendra Patni of Jaspu,
Chattisgarh. He led repeated demonstrations and media campaign in Chattisgarh.
His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji the pontiff of Moodabidri Jain Muth has
said that the recovery of the Jain idols was possible because of the
penance of Jain ascetics, Jain shravakas, Jain diginataries; blessings
of Jain Acharyas - Acharya 108 Sri Vidyanandji Maharaj; Acharya 108 Sri
Vardhamansagarji Maharaj; Acharya 108 Sri Vidhyasagarji Maharaj; his
diksha guru His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukkeerthi Bhattarakha
efforts of Jain dignitaries like Dr.D.Veerendra Heggde and others.
Amongst others he also**praised the efforts of the Mangalore Police
Commissioner Manish Kharbhikar and his team. He has also thanked the
support extended by the media (both print and electronic) in the case.
His Holiness Swamiji has applauded the support extended by the team at WWW.JAINHERITAGECENTRES.COM in publicising