01.04.2016 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Published: 01.04.2016
Updated: 01.04.2016

Jain Center of Southern California

In This Issue

    • Ongoing Programs
    • Life Time Tithis
    • Upcoming Events
    • Dignitary Visits/Shibirs
    • Rushabdev - Adinath Janm Kalyanak Prarambh, 4/1
    • Rushabdev - Adinath Janm Kalyanak Observed, 4/2
    • Navpad Ayambil Oli, 4/14-22
    • Mahavir Janm Kalyanak Puja & Cultural Program, 4/24
    • Adult Volunteers needed for YJA Convention 2016
    • Tap Anumodana & Tapasvi Recognition, 4/24
    • Bhakti On Param Krupaludev, 4/27
    • Wellness Challenge
    • Free Medicare Services
    • Other News & Events

                    Ongoing Programs | April 2016



                    Start Time

                    Daily Ashtprakari Puja


                     7:30 AM

                    Aarti-Mangal Divo


                     8:15 PM


                     7:30 PM


                    Daily in the morning


                    Chaudus Pratikraman


                     6:30 PM (weekday)

                    Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap

                    4/9 (First Saturday of Lunar Month)

                     9:00 AM

                    Monthly Bhavna Bhakti


                     7:30 PM


                    Tatvarthadhigam Sutra Swadhyay

                     4/3, 4/17

                    4/3, 4/17

                     9:40 AM

                    10.00 AM to 12.15 PM
                    By Girishbhai

                    Webcast of Discourses on Shrimad Rajchandra's Vachanamrut

                     4/3, 4/17

                     1:00 to 4:00 PM
                    Aradhana Hall
                    By Rakeshbhai Jhaveri

                    Weekly Evening Swadhyay

                    Every Mon,Tue,Wed & Thu


                    Shri Adhyatmsar Granth


                     By Girishbhai (8.00 PM)

                    14 Gunasthanak


                     By Hasendrabhai
                    (8.30 to 10.00 PM)

                    Shrimad Rajchandra Vachnamrut 


                     By Rameshbhai 
                    (8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)

                    Shri Yogshatak Granth 


                     By Girishbhai (8.00 PM)

                    Life Time Tithis

                    • 4/21 Jain Surendra and Kala - Punyatithi of Pookhraj Poonamchand
                    • 4/25 Jhaveri Kalpesh and Roopa - For Rashmikant & Kishoriben Jhaveri
                    • 4/25 Udani Neeta - For Dr Vikram Udani
                    • 4/26 Modi and Shah family - Punyatithi of Kamlaben Nagindas Modi
                    • 4/26 Shah Kaushal and Bhavi - For their mother Shakuntalaben Shah
                    • 4/28 Shah Dinesh and Geetaben - For punyatithi of Geetaben & birth day of Alka D Shah
                    Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12[at]yahoo.com. Please contact Ketan Parekh at Ketan.Parekh[at]JainCenter.net for information or questions.

                    Upcoming Events

                    • Rushabdev - Adinath Janm/Diksha Kalyanak Actual | April 1, 2016
                    • Rushabhdev - Adinath Janm/Diksha Kalyanak Observed | April 2, 2016
                    • Ayambil Oli | April 14 - 22, 2016
                    • Mahavirswami Janma Kalyanak -Actual | April 19, 2016
                    • Mahavir Janma Kalyanak | April 24, 2016
                    • Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti | April 27,  2016
                    • Simandharswami Kalyanak | May 7, 2016
                    • Akhatrij Varshitap Parna | May 9, 2016
                    • JCSC Anniversary Celebrations | May 13 - 15, 2016
                    • Gautamswami Diksha Kalyanak | May 21, 2016

                    Dignitary Visits/Shibirs

                    • JCSC Anniversary Celebrations - Shri Niravbhai Kadiwala from India | May 13 - 15, 2016

                    Actual Rushabdev - Adinath Janm Kalyanak Varshitap Prarambh & Its Significance  - April 1, 2016

                    Varshitap Prarambh - Actual Rushabhdev Janm-Diksha Kalyanak:April 1st,2016

                    What is Varshitap and its significance: 

                    In Varshitap, a person does fasting for one day, and observes Biasana for one day. Sometimes, between such days,fasting has to be done for two days continuously. 

                    Rushabdev - Adinath Janm Kalyanak Observed - April 2, 2016

                    Rushabhdev - Adinath Janm/Diksha Kalyanak, Puja/Ekasana will be observed on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.
                    Please sign up on notice board,if you want to do Ekasana. 
                    Pledge opportunities are as follows: 
                    * Snatrapuja $101 
                    * Puja  at $51 each 
                    * Asthprakari Puja, Aarti, Mangal Divo, Shanti Kalash per Ghee Boli 
                    * Ekasana $501 
                    Please Contact: Padma Shah (for Puja matters) on 714-670-7854 or at padmashah9[at]gmail.com

                    Navpad Ayambil Oli - April 14 - 22, 2016

                    One of the most auspicious religious festivals is soon approaching on Thursday April 14th through Friday,April 22nd,2016 which signifies the days of Ayambil Oli, where we have approximately 50 people doing the full 9 days of Ayambil Oli and about 125 to 150 people doing Ayambil on weekends. 

                    9:30am onwards: Navpadji Puja on Saturday, April 16,2016

                    We hereby present you an opportunity to sponsor the upcoming 9 days of Ayambil Oli. Sponsorship opportunities are as follows:  
                    • $250 for each weekday Ayambil Sponsorship 
                    • $500 each for Saturday and Sunday Ayambil Sponsorship 
                    • $101 for Snatrapuja 
                    • $51 for Puja (Total of 9 available) 
                    • Asthprakari Puja, Aarti, Mangal Divo, Shahti Kalash per Ghee boli. 

                    Grocery purchases, cooking, serving and cleaning for the entire Oli will be done by Jain Center volunteers and part-time hired help. We encourage all members to come forward and sponsor this auspicious occasion. As per our policy we shall try and accommodate as many sponsors as possible.
                    Please sign up on sign board which day you are going to do Ayambil, this will help us for proper management.  
                    Please contact:  
                    • Savita Mehta on (714) 898-3156 or at  savitamehta[at]msn.com
                    • Padma Shah (for Puja matters) on 714-670-7854 or at padmashah9[at]gmail.com 

                    Mahavir Janm Kalyanak Puja, Ekasana, Cultural Program General Body meeting - April 24, 2016

                    According to the lunar calendar, Bhagvan Mahavir was born on Chaitra Sud 13 which is on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. We will celebrate the same on actual day (4/19) with Sntrapuja, Aarti, Mangal divo and Shanti Kalash. We will celebrate with Snatrapuja, Mahavirswami Panch Kalyanak Puja & Cultural Program,on Sunday, April 24th,2016

                    The program will be as follows:
                    •  9:00am - 10:00am Snatra Puja (with Nakro of $101) 
                    • 10:00am - 12:30pm Shree Mahavirswami Panch Kalyanka Puja (Total of 5 Pujas)
                    • Each puja with nakro of $51. Gheeboli will be conducted for Asthprakari Puja, Aarti, Mangal Divo and Shanti Kalash. 
                    • 12:00pm - 2:00pm Ekasana 
                    • 2:00pm - 5:30 pm Children's Cultural Program and General Body Meeting,Updhan Tapsvi & 99 Yatra Tapasvi recognition. 
                    • 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Swamivatsalya Dinner
                    Please note that dinner will be served till 6:30 PM so that everyone can finish dinner before sunset and avoid  Ratri Bhojan.

                    Please RSVP ahead of time so we can make necessary arrangements. A separate email will be sent for RSVP.

                    Full or partial sponsorship of Ekasanas or Swamivatsalya Dinner, are welcome.
                    Sponsorships: Ekasana $501, Swamivatsalya Dinner $3,101

                    Please contact:
                    • Padma Shah (for Puja matters) on 714-670-7854 or at padmashah9[at]gmail.com
                    • Geeta Khona (for sponsorship) on 714-872-7283 or at gkhona[at]gmail.com

                    Adult Volunteers Needed for YJA Convention 2016

                    The 2016 YJA Convention is celebrating two big milestones this year. First, YJA is turning 25 years old! Second, the convention is coming back to Los Angeles after 16 years! This is our chance to work together as a Sangh to help throw the best national convention ever. One of the most important things in hosting this convention is having great volunteers. YJA'16 will be hosting close to 800 different people from all across the country throughout the weekend, so we need as much help as we can get. Our adult volunteers always have a lot of fun, but it is even more fun if you tell your friends and family to volunteer with you. 

                    Volunteer Today!! 

                    The link to the Convention page is as follows:

                    Or fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/okr7QWPqo9
                    The convention will be held from July 1st-4th at the LAX Gateway Sheraton Hotel. 

                    Deadline to register is March 31st. If you have any questions feel free to email us at volunteer.la[at]yja.org. Thank you and we hope to see you this July!"

                    Warm Regards,
                    Urvashi Jain, Tina Lapsia, and Diyaanka Jhaveri
                    Adult Volunteer Committee Co-Leads, 2015-2016
                    Young Jains of America
                    Connect with YJA:

                    Tap Anumodana & Tapasvi Recognition - April 24, 2016

                    JCSC is pleased to announce Tap Anumodna and Tapsvi recognition on 24th April,2016, during Mahavir Janm Kalyanak celebration.You and your family are cordially invited.

                    The criteria of Tap and other details are as follows:
                    • Tap - Updhan Tap-either 45 days,35 days,28 days or 18 days.
                    • 99 yatra of Shatrunjay,Palitana.
                    • Duration-during your stay in California under JCSC umbrella.
                    Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016 during cultural program on MJK day.
                    Time: About 3:30 pm
                    Venue: Cultural Hall.

                    Details required to be submitted:
                    • Name:
                    • Age:
                    • Type of Tap:
                    • When:
                    • Address, ph.no,e-mail add:
                    • Will attend: Yes () No ()
                    • Remarks:
                    Please contact Dr. Mahendrabhai Shah on drmcshah[at]hotmail.com,
                    Phone: 714-757-9490 for any question or further information

                    Updhan Tap

                    Updhan Tap is one of the most wonderful and holy Tap in Jainism. In this Tap, Jain follower needs to live with Jain Sadhu/Sadhvi. This Tap lasts for 45 days, if you are doing it for the first time, 35 days if for second time and 28 days for the third time. 
                    You can start with 18 days tap to be eligible for Navkar mantra recitation.

                    During this Tap, Tapasvis need to have Two Fast (Chhath), Fast (Upvas), Half Fast (Ekasanu), Biyasanu or Aayambil. 

                    Along with Fast and other things, they have to do some more Kriyas of Jainism  eg Two times Pratikaman, Vandana and more. Tapasvi's need to wake up by 3:30 AM in the morning and can sleep by 10:00 PM.

                    99 Yatra of Shatrunjay Giriraj Mahatirth, Palitana.

                    Palitana is considered to be an eternal pilgrimage.Thousands and lakhs of souls embraced "Samadhi"- death - Mahanirvana. Of the 24 Tirthanksrs, 22 tithankars enhance the glory of this pilgrimage by blessing it with their touch. Lord Rishabhdev visited this pilgrimage 99 times,which itself is an inspiration for the followers of Jainism to do "Navanu Yatra". With every Yatra day you have to perform Navannu Yatra Vidhi.
                    We have spiritually recognized tapsvis of 99 Yatra of Shatrunjay,by 99 prakari puja in derasar with each puja to Tapsvi before.This time we will recognize other than them with physical recognition on 24th April,2016.We request only those tapsvi who were not recognized before to send their information.

                    Bhakti On Param Krupalu Dev's Deh Vilay Din - April 27, 2016

                    Jai Jinendra,
                    To commemorate Para​m KrupaluDev Shrimad Rajchandraji's ​Dehvilay Din - Chaitra Vad Pancham, we will have Bhakti on Wednesday April 27th, 2016 from 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM.

                    The Program will be as follows:

                    1.    Navkaar Mantra
                    2.    Mangalacharan
                    3.    Jineshwarni Vani
                    4.    Importance of Krupaludev's Life
                    5.    Apurva Avsar
                    6.    Bhakti Pads by Mumukshus
                    7.    Kshamapna
                    8.    Aarti
                    9.    Mangal Divo
                    10. Aho Aho Shri Sadguru
                    11. He! Param Krupalu Dev

                    In order to participate, please let us know the Bhakti pad you want to take by no later than Thursday April 14th, 2016, so that we can plan the program appropriately.

                    ​Please feel free to contact any one of the following if you have any questions.
                    Please do come on time as the Bhakti program will start promptly at 8:30 PM.

                    Wellness Challenge - Do 10 Minutes Of Breathing Exercises Everyday

                    For the upcoming weekly challenge we are challenging the participants to "do 10 minutes of breathing exercises every day.” Deep Breathing should be a part of our everyday life. It not only can lengthen the years that we get to live, but can make us happier, more productive and energetic living them too. Breathing deeply is a well-known stress reliever and has a multitude of health benefits as well. For more information and to participate in the challenge, click here.

                    Free Medicare Service Details

                    Attached is a very high level summary of the FREE service available to our seniors as well as family members with low income. Please contact  Suren Shah for any more details. He is available on 714 560 0424 or at suren1223[at]gmail.com. Please make use of this opportunity.

                    CLICK HERE for details.

                    Other News & Events

                    1) Puja & Piety Exhibition at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art - April 17, 2016

                    Santa Barbara Museum Of Art would like to spread the word of their upcoming exhibition.
                    Attached is a flyer of their full press release. 

                    CLICK HERE for the Flyer

                    In addition, for information regarding the exhibition and related programming, you can also visit their website:


                    As events are finalized, they will be posted on to the site.

                    2) Invitation from Ahimsa Center Of Cal Poly Pomona - April 23, 2016

                    Please join us for Ahimsa Center's annual public lecture on Saturday, April 23. This lecture is named after Girish and Datta Shah and will be delivered by Gene Baur.  

                    The topic is Ahimsa for Our Plate and the Planet.  It will be held on our campus at 5:00 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor Room and will be followed by reception at 6:30 pm.

                    For details about speaker bio, description of the talk, and directions to event, please visit:


                    RSVP to: ahimsacenter[at]cpp.edu

                    For any further questions or information please contact:
                    Tara Sethia, Ph.D.
                    Professor, History Department
                    Director, Ahimsa Center
                    Cal Poly Pomona
                    Pomona, CA 91768
                    (909) 869-3868
                    Kinal Modi
                    for the office of Public Relations
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