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
Jain temple of Ganga period excavated
Bharathingar, (Mandya dist),January 5, 2015: 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. Source: www.deccanherald.com