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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.  
 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

 Palitana's Shetrunjay Hill will soon be a plastic-free zone

   Rajkot, February 24, 2014: Anandji Kalyanji Trust that manages the Jain temples in Palitana said the trust functionaries have already started the process of making the religious destination free of plastic menace. The project is to be implemented in a phased manner.

Sources said over 400 volunteers came to Palitana from Mumbai last month and collected plastic from all over Shetrunjay Hill, where a large numbers of Jain temples are located. They picked up plastic pouches, water bottles, wafer packets among other plastic waste.

"We were shocked to find that the waste collected by volunteers amounted to over 900 bags each containing about 15kg of plastic. So we decided to prevent carriage of plastic material atop the hill to reduce the plastic menace," a representative of the trust said.
"We have also written to Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board of the government to issue a notification in this regard and ban plastics at this religious place," one of the trustees said. Devotees are asked to dump plastic before they start climbing the hill for prayers.

"Every Saturday and Sunday, our volunteers stay at the entrance of the hill at Samvasharan Derasar and request devotees not to carry any plastic material. Our volunteers give them jute bags free of cost to dump platics," a trustee said.

On an average over 10 lakh people visits the Jain temples every year in Palitana. Besides being a religious place, Shetrunjay Hill is close to the forest where Asiatic Lion has its abode. There are about 15 lions are in Palitana area in Bhavnagar. Source: The Times of India

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