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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

    
  
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