Four rare statues stolen from Jain temple in Ajmer
AJMER, December 17, 2014: Four statues made of eight elements were stolen from the Jain
Temple at Sewargi Mohalla near dargah bazaar. The priest on Saturday morning found these statues missing when he came to open the temple. The
incident generated anger in the Jain community because of continuous incidents of stealing of Jain idols being reported since last two years.
According to police, when the priest today came to open the temple, he found the lock of the main door broken and four idols of gods including
Mahaveer were missing. When the news broke out, the members of Jain community gathered on the spot and demanded arrest of thieves and retrieval of statutes.
Police registered a case of theft and are looking at proofs left in the temple. Sources said that last year two statutes were stolen from the
nearby temple in the same locality. "These statutes are made up of eight elements and the combination of materials is unique. They are in high
demand as an antique in the international market," said a source. There were similar incidents of idol theft in different parts of the
city and also in Kishangarh town of the district in last two years. Source: The Times of India
Lost Jain text on Jainism philosphy reconstructed
AHMEDABAD, December 12, 2014: Analyses contained in Dwadasharnayachakra - a fifth century AD Jain treatise
on comparative Indian philosophy - are key points of reference for scholars from across the globe who come to Gujarat to study Indian
religious thought, particularly that of Jainism.
Few are aware though that this treasure was reported lost some 1,300 years ago. The version of the book that is available now has been
painstakingly 'resurrected' by experts with the help of commentaries and critiques of that era. This unparalleled endeavour is akin to
writing a textbook on the basis of available guides.
It took 30 years for the team led by Muni Jambuvijaya in Ahmedabad to recreate the Sanskrit scripture for the students of Darshan
Shastra, the study of Indian and comparative religious philosophies dating back to 4th and 5th centuries AD. Such was his dedication
that the muni learnt 14 languages - including Tibetan, German and French, apart from the classical Indian languages of Pali, Prakrit
and Ardhamagdhi - to harness critical references from that era.
Jitendra Shah, the director of the LD Institute of Indology, who pursued a doctoral thesis on Dwadasharnayachakra, said that the book
commands significance due to its content. "Acharya Mallavadi, a fifth century AD monk, had written the book as the outcome of his
study of all religious thoughts and philosophies," said Shah.
"It was named 'Dwadasharnayachakra' as there are 12 (dwadash) chapters outlining a set of philosophical tenets, each related to
specific religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, which ultimately form a circle (chakra)." Shah said the acharya
envisioned Jain Darshan as the yoke around which these philosophies revolved. Source: The Times of India
Oriental Institute, NMM start digitization of Jainism manuscripts
VADODARA, December 8, 2014: MS University's (MSU) Oriental Institute on Monday started the mammoth task of digitizing thousands of manuscripts.
The institute has a rich collection of around 30,000 rare and valuable manuscripts of which around 6,000 manuscripts pertaining to Jainism have
already got digitized by a Jain organisation.
Now, the institute has collaborated with the National Manuscripts Mission (NMM) of Government of India to digitize all the manuscripts
which will be made available by the university globally through its website.
MSU vice-chancellor professor Yogesh Singh formally launched the digitization project at the institute in presence of senate and syndicate members of the university.
"In total, we have a collection of 30,218 manuscripts - some from hand-made paper, palm, clothes and on a variety of subjects in different
scripts and languages," Oriental Institute's in-charge director Sweta Prajapati said. Source : The Times of India
Burglars decamp with lakhs worth of loot at Jain temple
Meerut , November 30, 2014 (PTI) Gold and silver idols worth lakh of rupees were allegedly stolen from a Jain temple here, the police said today.
The loot took place at Shri 1008 Digamber Jain Mandir in Rajendrapuram area under Inchauli police station of the district.
The incident came to light when women reached the temple yesterday evening and found that the gold and silver idols, utencils, throne
and the cash in the donation box was missing, police said. The thieves also toook away the camera and DVR set from the temple.
Police suspect that the robbery is a handiwork of Deepak, a gardener employed in the temple, who is missing since the incident.
As per the complaint registered with the police, the looted items include five precious gem idols, a golden umbrella weighing about
100 g, five silver thrones, nine-inch silver idols weighing 2.5 kg each totalling 11 kg, besides about Rs one lakh cash from the
donation box. The incident has sparked an outrage among the Jain community of the area. Source: Press Trust of India
Cook Islands issues commemorative coin of Jainism founder
Kolkata, November 17, 2014 (PTI): Reflecting the growing global influence of Jainism, Cook Islands, an island country in the South Pacific Ocean,
today launched a special coin commemorating Jain religion’s traditional founder Lord Adinath. Lord Adinath or Rishabha Dev is the traditional founder of Jainism and the first of 24 Trithankars who established the Jain teachings.
Unveiled by Johann Berner of Switzerland’s Coin Invest Trust, who are on an India tour, the silver coin has a colourful portrait of Adinath
and is decorated with Swarovski elements. The coin has a face value of 20 dollars.
From the limited edition of 1008 coins minted for collectors, only 508 pieces have been allocated for the Indian market, said numismatist Alok
Goyal who has the sole selling rights for the coins in India. Weighing 2 oz (62.2 gram), the coin is made of 999 silver with partially colour printing,
with Palitana temple facade in high relief as the background. The size of the coin is 50 mm and would be delivered on the occasion of ‘Akshay Tritya’ on April 21, 2015.
Idols of Jain Tirthankaras Belonging to 4th Century Unearthed
HYDERABAD, November 5, 2014: "Twelve panchaloha (five metal) idols of the Jain Tirthankaras were unearthed during
the course of conservation work on October 18 at Keesaragutta, while the pathways were being laid between two temples near steps at a
depth of one foot," Director of Archaeology and Museums (Telangana), B Srinivas, told reporters here.
"Twelve idols of varying sizes, along with loose circular prabharahs (aura), circular parasoles of different size, pedestals
and broken elephant have been found. All the bronzes (idols and other artifacts) are in Kayotsarga (standing) posture with a hook
behind to accomodate chhatras (parasole) and 'prabhavali'," he explained.
Prabhavali is an aura around the deities. "Srivasta symbol on the chest is seen prominently on some of the idols and faintly on
others. Choornakuntala is seen on the head of the idols. On the basis of iconography, the Jain bronzes can be dated back to 4th-5th century AD," Srinivas said.
Keesaragutta, also known as Kesaragiri in Keesara mandal of neighbouring Ranga Reddy district of Telangana, is a hill range
about 300 feet high from the planes with flat and undulating areas over the top of the hills, and was enclosed by a fort wall constructed during the Vishnukundin period.
"This is for the first time that the idols of Jain religion have been recovered in Keesaragutta, which proves that Jainism
co-existed along with Hinduism at Keesaragutta during the time of Vishnukundins in 4-5th century," the official said, adding that
chemical treatment would be conducted on the idols. Source: PTI
Jain basadi theft case accused gets bail
MANGALORE, October 31, 2014: The prime accused in the theft of the precious idols from a Jaintemple in Karnataka's Dakashina Kannadadistrict on July 6 last year,
has been granted bail in all the eight remaining cases on Saturday and has been released from jail.
The accused Santosh Das aka Ghanshyam Das had 23 cases registered against him and court had given clean chit in 15 cases earlier. The
District sessions court granted him bail in the rest of the eight cases registered at Kumta, Mudigere, Karkala, Kundapur and Mangalore on Saturday.
The main accused in the Jain repository theft - Santosh Das - was nabbed in a joint operation of Andhra Pradesh police and Mangalore city police
on July 28, 2013 from Srikakulum in Andhra Pradesh. The Police had recovered three gold ingots, believed to be made out of the five gold
idols stolen from the repository with the main accused. Police recovered the ingots, weighing around a kilogram, from the house of Digambhar
Mohanty, father-in-law of Santosh Das. Mohanty was a peon in the Odisha secretariat.
A total of 15 idols were stolen from the repository when a single masked
person gained entry into the repository and decamped with handpicked idols, deemed precious and priceless by the Jain community.
Bhubaneswar police had confirmed the recovery of gold ingots, gemstones and Rs 2 lakh in cash and few miniature idols from Mohanty's house. The
police team has also arrested Deepthimayi Patnaik, wife of the accused.
The repository had 64 idols of importance to the Jain community, some of them dating back 500 years. Source: The Times of India
Conservation work at a Jain Temple in Sultanbathery
THRISSUR (KERALA), October 20, 2014: Archaeological Survey of India Circle office condemned the "false" reports in a section of the press on resumption ofconservation work at a Jain Temple in Sultanbathery in Wayanad District on October 16.
"Some people with the support of the media, are making a hue and cry that ASI is damaging the temple by spending a huge amount
of Rs 1.5 crore which is far from the truth", T Sreelakshmi , Superintending Archaeologist, said in a statement here. It created a tense situation in and around the temple, she added.
Sreelakshmi clarified that the estimate for the work was about Rs 16 lakh which included water tightening of the leaking roof and providing ramp for the physically challenged.
Reports appearing yesterday in a section of the press had stated that ASI had broken the roof of the Jain Temple, popularly known as Kianganad Basti,for repairs and maintenance following a minor leak on the roof, on October 16.
The reports said a portion of the temple, believed to have been built in the 14th Century, was broken to make way for entry of heavy machinery.
Following strong protest by the public, Sultanbathery Tahasildar, N K Abraham stayed the work on the temple.
It was better for the media to confirm the factual position of the matter before publishing such reports as they have created "confusion"
and "doubts" in the minds of the general public, she added.
ASI adopts its own scientific conservation methods and such "false" reports questions its credibility, Sreelakhsmi said. Source: The Times of India
9th Century Jain Temple Used as Cattle Stall
BELLARY, September 6, 2014: A 9th century historic Jain temple located in Kogali village of
Hagaribommanahalli taluk has turned into a ‘cattle stall’ and a storage room. The temple is in a state of utter neglect. Once considered a Jain centre
during the Ganga dynasty, the 1,200-year-old temple is now in ruins.
Expressing concern over the sorry state of the temple, local resident Rajalingappa P, a teacher, said the villagers have little knowledge about its history. He urged the
authorities to initiate steps to protect the place. This historic temple is also used by local carpenters to make furniture,
especially because the space is available free of cost.
An elderly person, who is well versed with the temple history, said it is the second most sacred religious place for Jains after the 1,000
pillar temple in Moodbidri. But sadly, outsiders know nothing about the importance of the place, he added.
This temple also had 1,000 pillars once but now barely 40 pillars remain. Most of the pillars were destroyed by miscreants, he added. DC
Sameer Shukla told Express that he would take steps to preserve places that have a historical importance. Source: The New Indian Express
14 Jain rock beds found atop hill near Vellore
CHENNAI, July 22, 2014: Fourteen Jain rock beds dating back to the 5th century AD have been excavated inside three caverns on top of a hill in Vellore district.
The beds were found on the Bhairavamalai in Latheri on the Vellore-Gudiyattam road when Jeeva Kumar, a Jain priest, was on a study
tour in search of abandoned and neglected Jain sites in Tamil Nadu. "It was difficult to climb the hill because the rock steps to the caverns
were almost lost over the years. Recently, the locals have built a temple near the caverns. They have also built a flight of 1300 steps for
the new temple. Unfortunately, there is no passage to these caverns that house the ancient rock beds," says S Jeeva Kumar, who has excavated a
number of Jain sites in various parts of Tamil Nadu.
The hill is situated in a small village called Kukkara Palli and scholars say the word 'palli' has a strong association with Jainism.
"The hill must have been a centre of Jainism in the 5th and 6th century. The ascetics used to call their education centre as 'palli'. As the name
shows, the village has strong connections with Jainism," says K Ajithadoss, a Jain scholar.
Out of the two small caverns, one houses four rock beds while the other has only one rock bed. The big cavern, however, houses nine beds. A
natural spring is found very near the two small caverns.
Even though there are a number of Jain sites excavated by heritage enthusiasts and scholars in the state, they are not being taken
seriously either by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) or the state-owned department of archaeology. Source: The Times of India
Palitana gets first long-distance train in Railway Budget 2014
RAJKOT, July 15, 2014: Jain community members wanting to go to Palitana from Mumbai have something to cheer in the Railway Budget.
Railways minister Sadanand Gowda has announced Mumbai-Palitana weekly express train in the Budget for 2014-15 on Tuesday. The
demand for a direct train to Palitana from Mumbai had been hanging fire since a long time.
Presently, there is just one train running between Bhavnagar and Palitana. This is the first long distance train to the temple town.
Every year, Palitana receives around 10 lakh tourists, mostly from Jain community, and large numbers from Mumbai.
Besides connecting with Palitana, Saurashtra region has got two more express trains, Rajkot-Rewa Express via Jabalpur and Hapa-Bilaspur
Express via Nagpur. All the three express trains will run once a week.
A senior railway official from Rajkot division said they had run special weekly trains of Rajkot-Raipur and Hapa-Bilaspur as holiday
specials last year. "The response to the holiday special trains was overwhelming," he said. Source: The Times of India
Restoration of Jain temples in Lahore and Gujranwala
LAHORE, May 24, 2014: The Lahore High Court issued notices to respondent functionaries of the federal and
provincial governments to submit replies on a petition for restoration of Jain temples in Lahore and Gujranwala and issuance of
postage stamps to honour Bhagat Singh.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC also directed the Punjab chief secretary to hear petitioner Barrister
Jawaid Iqbal Jafree’s contentions on May 26 on these issues and issue a speaking order within one month. The court adjourned the
hearing until June 26. Jafree named Punjab chief secretary, federal cabinet secretary, ministry of religion affairs secretary and
Pakistan Post director general respondents in his petition.
He said the Supreme Court of Pakistan had repeatedly observed that religious minorities’ rights could not be
violated. He said Islam gave the world concepts of due process of law and equal protection of law for one and all without discrimination.
He said in Gujranwala butchers had opened shops in a Jain temple, which was part of the architectural and
cultural heritage of Pakistan, besides being the worship place of a religious minority. He said this heritage was being dismantled,
distorted and maligned . The lawyer said that he had sent thousands of complaints to various authorities in this respect since 1985 but no action had been taken.
He said that Jains were peace-loving, non-violent and hardworking people. The petitioner said the Jain
temple in Old Anarkali had been grossly violated and politically sponsored land mafia had opened shops there. Jain temples in other
parts of Pakistan were also being desecrated and violated, the lawyer stated. Churches, pagodas, and other places of worships for
non-Muslims had been encroached upon and desecrated which was shameful and a violation of constitutional guarantees, he added.
He requested the court to direct the respondents to protect the Jain temples and other places of worship
and restore the Jain Mandir in Anarkali. He also requested the court to order that encroachers are expelled from the Jain temple in Gujranwala.
He said Jains and Hindus should be allowed to visit their temples and perform their rituals. He also prayed that
one Jain pandit should be allowed to reside in every province to look after the temples. Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd , 2014
New Jinalaya in Vashi to have 1,075 idols of the 24 Tirthankaras
NAVI MUMBAI, May 9, 2014: Thousands of devotees, belonging to Jain community from different parts of the
country, thronged at a Vashi ground in sector 10 to witness the foundation laying ceremony of Sahasrakut Jinalaya. The ceremony,
known as Pancha Kalyan Mahotsav, established a Jinalaya, which will house 1,075 metal idols in various sizes of the 24 Tirthankaras.
The consecration ceremony of the idols started on Thursday and the final installation ceremony will be held
on Monday. "We had to organize the five-day programme at Sainath Hindi High School ground to accommodate thousands of
outstation devotees. The idols will be transported to the main Digamber temple on the final day," said B K Jain, a trustee.
At the top of the temple, which is 27-ft-high, 1,000 miniature idols have already been placed. Apart
from these 1,000, the high priests will place 24 marble idols, each 2-ft-long, in the middle level of the temple. There are two
five-feet-high idols that had been placed in the middle level years ago.
The Jain community is eagerly anticipating the establishment of these new idols in the temple, which is almost
17 years old. Another 51 miniature idols, which are 3 inches tall, have been placed across the temple at various levels. Source: Times of India
Thieves strike Jain temple, decamp with precious idols
UJJAIN, April 27, 2014: Thieves targeted Jain temple at Laxminagar in Ujjain and
decamped with idols and valuables worth lakhs on Sunday night. According to police sources, CCTV grab revealed that a motorbike and a
car were used to execute the crime. Two masked miscreants entered the temple pretending to be devotees and took away five ashtadhatu (eight
types of metal) idols and silverware.
Raising security concern, a number of people gathered on Monday morning,
and questioned poor police patrolling, particularly three days ahead of general elections in the region.
SP Anurag, who had to face the wrath of people, assured that culprits would be nabbed soon. Lapses on part of the temple management has been
exposed as no security men were deployed at the temple. Source: The Times of India
Thieves strike Jain temple again; idols, money stolen
INDORE, April 17, 2014: Jain temple located in Sangam Nagar area was targeted by thieves
for the third time in recent times on Thursday late night. Miscreants decamped with precious idols, five jewel crowns and money from donation
box total worth in lakhs. As per CCTV footage, four masked miscreants had remained inside the temple for two hours. Cops said that they were
all professional thieves as they wiped finger prints from doors and the places they touched.
Earlier, angry residents living in vicinity did not allow the police to enter temple premises when they came to know about burglary. However,
after senior officers of police reached on spot and sought cooperation, the police teams were allowed to do investigations. Forensic experts and
dog squad were called for taking finger prints and collect other evidences connecting to the burglary. Banganga police station staff are
studying the CCTV footages to get more clues in the incident. Source: The Times of India
Tirthankara antique idol goes missing from Vellore
CHENNAI, April 6, 2014: Idol wing police have launched a hunt for a stone idol of Lord Mahavira alias Vardhamana that went missing from Virinchi Puram near
Vellore. Police said the stone idol belonged to the period before 8th century AD.
Police said the antique idol was lying unguarded along the road near a
temple in Virinchi Puram and it went missing in 2008. Though an official of the Hindu religious and charitable endowment
(HR&CE) department lodged a formal complaint in 2008, the local police didn't take the complaint seriously. But idol wing CID officials are
following up on the complaint now, after some nudging from by R Karthikeyan, HR&CE executive officer.
Idol wing CID officials believe that smugglers must have quietly removed the artefact and shipped it abroad. "We are trying to trace the idol to
some museum in a foreign country. We are also suspecting the handiwork
of international idol smuggler Subhash Kapoor," an official said.
Idol wing officials said R Kannan, additional secretary for tourism, culture and religions endowments, has discussed the Tirthankara stone
idol in his book. Kannan wrote 'Jain images in the districts of Tamil Nadu' when he was the commissioner of Chennai museum in 2002. TNN
Maoists lock up Jain temple atop Parasnath
Giridih, March 30, 2014: A Maoists’ group has reportedly locked up
a Jain temple atop Parasnath hill, about 75 kilometres from Giridih in Jharkhand, and warned the trustees of dire consequences if they
continued hill cutting to expand the temple complex.
Maoists sealed Choprakund temple, which is the transit point for the
Jain pilgrims of Digambar sect. The group has posted red flags and banners in the complex.
The Parasnath hill is the place where Mahavira attained enlightenment and is considered very sacred by the community.
Giridih superintendent of police Kranti Kumar Gadidesi, said, “Yes, I am well aware about the situation and the authorities
concerned have already been directed to act in accordance with the situation”.
“The Maoists have sealed the ‘Chaprakund temple’, basically used by the Digambar sect of the Jain pilgrims as a transit point at
the hill top. They have also put up red banners and posters warning the trustees to stop their anti -people or the anti -natural
activities on the hill top. The Maoists have also mentioned the name of one of the Jain trustees and have written few poll boycott
slogans”, a shrine board staff said on condition of anonymity.
Police and forest officials said that a legal battle was going in the Supreme Court between the forest department and the Jain shrine
board regarding the Chaprakund temple, which is situated about 8 km from the foothills.
Since the area falls in the jurisdiction of the forest department, the government is making efforts to acquire the land from the
possession of the Jains. Source: Hindustan Times
Every problem has its solution: Seer Pragyasagar
Ujjain . March 24, 2014: There are many kinds of problems and every problem has its
solution within. Where there is poison there is elixir as well. Solution
to the life lies in struggle. The hand is a sign of blessings where it is also used for fear to slap at someone.
These views were expressed by Mahavir Tapo Bhumi founder Seer Pragyasagar during a religious meeting organised at Shantinath Digambar Jain temple
located at Lakshmi Nagar here on Thursday.
Walking to Shantinath Digambar Jain temple Lakshmi Nagar from Rishi Nagar Digambar Jain temple, Seer
Pragyasagar was accorded welcome. A portrait of Seer Pushpadant Sagar was also unveiled by Samajik Sansad
president Ashok Jain and Shikhar Chandra Luhadia.
Century-old idols stolen from Jain temple in Hubli
HUBLI, March 15, 2014: Two century-old panchaloha idols of Parshwanath were stolen from
a Jain temple in Hubli on Sunday morning, sending shockwaves among the community.
What has surprised them is the Bhagawan Sri 1008 Chandraprabha Teerthankar Digambar Jain temple is located on the premises of a Jain
boarding school which houses hundreds of students.
Temple security guard Bhimappa Chinnappa Dharwad told TOI: "I woke up around 6am and opened the main door of the temple. Two devotees came in
and sat inside for prayers. The door of the inner sanctum was locked and
can be opened only by priests. After cleaning the temple, I went for a bath. When I returned, I was shocked to see the door of the inner
sanctum broken and the two devotees had left. I alerted the manager immediately."
B N Nagarhalli, manager, Jain boarding, said: "Two Parshwanath idols, nearly 100 years old, are missing from the temple. Each costs around Rs
50,000. The thieves may have thought they contain gold since they are made of panchaloha (five metals)."
Subhash C Gudimani, DCP (law and & order), suspects the miscreants who
entered the temple posing as devotees may have stolen these idols. "Both
weigh around 2.5kg each. We haven't estimated their exact value," he said.
This is the first time idols have been stolen from a Jain temple in
Hubli. In twin-city Dharwad, miscreants stole Jwalamanlini and
Parshwanath idols from a temple in Kotabagi village. Source: The Times of India
Government 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 educational institutions.
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