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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

  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 Swamiji; 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 the news.

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