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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 philosophy 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.

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