24.02.2017 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 24.02.2017

Jain Center of Southern California

In This Issue

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Chaumasi Chaudas: March 11th, 2017
  • Varshitap Prarambh, Shri Rushabhdev Kalyanak: Actual, March 21st, observed March 25th, 2017
  • Chhah Gau Yatra, March 10, 2017
  • Dignitary Visits/ Upcoming Shibirs
  • JAINA Representation Opportunity
  • Param Kruplau Dev Bhakti - 2/26
  • ACC/JCSC Health Fair - 3/12
  • Research Survey For Indian Women
  • First Shibir of 2017 - 3/18 -19
  • YJA West Retreat - 3/24 - 26
  • Jains Got Talent at JAINA Convention 2017

Ongoing Programs - Feb - Mar 2017





Start Time

Daily Ashtprakari Puja


 7:30 AM

Aarti-Mangal Divo


 8:15 PM


 7:30 PM


Daily in the morning


Chaudas Pratikraman

2/25, 3/11(Chaumasi Chaudas Dev vandan at 2:30pm), 3/27

 6:30 PM (Weekday)
 6:00 PM (Weekend)

Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap

3/4 (First Saturday of Lunar Month)

 9:00 AM

Monthly Bhavna Bhakti

2/24, 3/31

 7:30 PM

JCYC, JSG Pathshala,
Adult Swadhyay, Sutra Class

3/5, 3/26

 9:40 AM

Webcast By Respected Rakeshbhai Jhaveri

3/5, 3/26

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Weekly Evening Swadhyay

Every Monday To Thursday


Adhyatmasar Swadhyays


By Girishbhai
(8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)

14 Gunasthanak


 By Hasendrabhai
 (8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)

Shrimad Rajchandra Vachnamrut


 By Rameshbhai
 (8.30 PM to 10:00 PM)

Yogshatak Swadhyays


By Girishbhai
(8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)




Life Time Tithis



  • Feb 28    Shah, Yogesh and Saurabh - In Memory of Anand Shah
  • Feb 28    Shah, Dr. Jaykumar and Ramilaben - In Memory of Shri Haribhai M. Shah
  • Mar 02    Shah,Vidhyaben Jayantilal - Birthday of Shah Vidhyaben
  • Mar 06    Desai, Suraj/Hetal,Shah Navnit/Niru - Punyatithi of son/brother Kamal Shah
  • Mar 07    Shah, Jyantilal Chunilal - Birthday of Shah,Jyantilal Chunilal
  • Mar 24    Shah, Dilip & Pragna - Punyatithi of Manekben Shah
  • Mar 31    Salvi, Kirit & Rekha - Punyatithi of Savitaben Ambalal

Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12@yahoo.com.
Please contact Ketan Parekh at ketan.parekh@jaincenter.net for information, questions or any pledges.




Chaumasi Chaudas: March 11th, 2017.



Jain people celebrate this festival three times in a year. Chaumasi Chaudas celebrated on the fourteenth day of Kartik, Falgun and Ashadh months.

Jain Community celebrates this festival with great joy and enthusiasm in all over country. They make it fabulous with religious acts and by worshiping the lord Mahaveera. 

People prepare themselves charming with colorful clothes and by adornment of houses. They also give some charity and donation on that day for earning the good Karma.

Chaumasi chaudas dev vandan will start at 2:30 pm followed by Pratikraman, on March 11, 2017.




Varshitap Prarambh, Shri Rushabhdev Kalyanak: Actual, March 21st, observed March 25th, 2017.



Jain Center will celebrate Shree Adinath Janam and Diksha Kalyanak on Saturday, March 25.
Actual Kalyanak day and Varshitap Prarambh day is March 21st.
We hope that this auspicious day inspires our community and Sangh to start their Varshitap.

Program details are as follows for Saturday March 25th,2017:
9:00am - 10:00am: Snatrapuja with Nakro - $101 
10:00am - 12:30pm: Panch Kalyanak Puja with Nakro - $51 for each puja Followed by: Aarti, Mangal Divo, Shanti Kalash per Gheeboli
12:30pm - 2:00pm: Ekasana for sponsorship  (whole, partial or multiple sponsorship are accepted) 

Contact: Padma Shah at padmashah9@gmail.com




Chhah Gau Yatra, March 10, 2017



Chhah Gau Yatra is a journey of about 16 kms in pilgrim town Palitana in the Bhavnagar district.
It is mainly a kind of penance that helps a devout set off the evil results of past deeds and
makes his journey to Nirvana or salvation faster and shorter,say Jain saints and scriptures.

Over the year the Chhah Gau Yatra is becoming more popular and lacks of pilgrims visit on this single day.

Chhah Gau Yatra starts from Jap Taleti on the foothills of Shatrunjaya and ends on the other side at a place known as Siddhavad.

The name Siddhavad is after a Banyan tree here and it is said thousands of Jains have achieved the final stage of life-death cycle, Nirvana or salvation and become free from the bondage of Karma.
The Chhah Gau Yatra covers all Jain temples in Palitana. Siddhavad is near Adipur, known as the birth place Lord Adinath the first Thirthankar.

It is believed that every Jain should visit Palitana at least once in his lifetime to get “Bhavya” status (fit to attain nirvan or salvation). 

There are a total of 1250 temples located on the Shetrunjaya hills, exquisitely carved in marble. 
The main temple on top of the hill, is dedicated to 1st tirthankar lord Adinath (Rishabdeva). 
This year, the auspicious day of Chhah Gau Yatra begins on March 10, 2017.




Dignitary Visits / Upcoming Shibirs



  • Mar 18/19, 2017 - "The First Awakening" Shibir by Shri Girishbhai




JAINA Representation Opportunity for JCSC Members



As you may already know, that the national organization of Jains, here in North America, ‘Jaina’ was born right here in Los Angeles 25+ years ago. Its first convention was also held here.  Jaina has grown to be one of the most visible and recognized JAIN organization in the entire world.  It represents approx. 100 Jain Centers and other Jain organizations.  Each Jain Center is represented by 2 to 3 directors in an assembly format. Our Jain center is currently represented by 3 Directors,  Maheshbhai Wadher, Manibhai Mehta & Dr. Jayesh Shah, all of whom have expressed their desire to continue to represent our center for another 2 years. To be fair to the entire community, JCSC would like to open these positions to all eligible Life members. 

We are requesting self-nomination from JCSC community for appointment as one of the three JAINA Directors from JCSC per qualification and eligibility requirements as outlined below.

CLICK HERE for the details.

Please submit your name and your picture by 8:00pm February 25, 2017 in writing via e-mail/or in person to JCSC secretary Navinbhai Gangar (ngangar@gmail.com,  Tel # 714-746-0743). 




Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti - Feb 26, 2017



We will have Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti in JCSC Aradhana Hall on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The agenda is as follows:

  1. Navkaar Mantra
  2. Mangalacharan
  3. Bhakti pads by Mumukshus
  4. Kshamapana
  5. Aarti
  6. Mangal Divo
  7. Aho Aho Shri Sadguru
  8. He Param Krupalu Dev

In order to participate, please let us know the Bhakti pad by no later than Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 so that we can plan the program appropriately.

Please feel free to contact any one of the following if you have any questions or would like to take a bhakti pad.

Dilip Parekh (310) 721-5947 dilipjparekh@gmail.com 
Ashok Savla (626)372-4246 ashoksavla630@yahoo.com
Mahesh Wadher (909) 376-4027 Mahesh.Wadher@gmail.com

Please come in time as the Bhakti program will start promptly at 3:30 PM.




ACC/JCSC 2017 Health Fair - Mar 12, 2017



Jain Center is holding the annual Health Fair on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Online Registration Starts on February 15, 2017

For Online registration, visit: www.jaincenter.net or www.anekant.net





Research Survey For Hypertension in Indian Women



Aneri Shah, a 11th grader at Minnetonka High School in Minnesota is currently taking part in a research class in her high school in which students conduct their own research project. Her project is a comparative study that focuses on the prevalence and biological risk factors of hypertension between Indian females who have high blood pressure (hypertension) in India and in the United States.

She has created a survey that includes questions regarding the participant's medical history, diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors and specific questions related to high blood pressure. To receive efficient results, she needs enough participants to perform a data analysis. Her goal is to find at least 70-100 participants from both India and the US.

JCSC is hosting a Health Fair on March 12th.  Any Indian females who come to the health fair,  who are above the age of 30 and have high blood pressure and are willing to participate in this study can do so. Attached is the survey link below. Also attached is an informed consent form that includes the details about her project, and it requires the participants’ signature. She cannot take any responses into consideration without the consent of the participant. If they cannot fill this survey online, she can send them the paper copy or take their responses over the phone too.Her school is very strict about data privacy. This project has been reviewed and accepted by the International Human Subjects Review Board, and it ensures that no personal information or data will be shared with anyone or disclosed in any paper.  

She hopes to use the data collected to perform a statistical analysis and find similarities and differences between hypertensive Indian females in both countries. With the help of this research she would like to learn more about this disease pattern with other ethnicities who have immigrated to the U.S as well.  There has been a strong correlation of blood pressure with obesity indicators, lifestyle and health factors and there is a lack of evidenced based research in this area. With my project, I hope to learn how to bridge the gap in understanding of this disease and provide a broader perspective for Indian women worldwide.
In Minnesota, Aneri Shah is actively involved in the Jain Center community and is also a part of the Youth Committee there. She is also actively involved in Patshala as well as helps plan the curriculum and teach about our Jain traditions and culture. Her goal is to connect both her science interests with culture in order to help our community.

If you have any questions about her project and want to know more, please feel free to email her at  ANERI SHAH <014984@mtka.org or via phone call on 952-456-2034. 

CLICK HERE for the Consent Form

Link to the Survey:





First Shibir of 2017 -  March 18 - 19, 2017



Good news! We have scheduled our first Shibir of 2017 during the weekend of March 18-19, 2017 with Girishbhai at Aradhana hall of Jain center. There is no cost to Shibir and food is provided.

 Please Click Here to RSVP for "The First Awakening" (સ્વાનુભૂતિ ના આનંદ તરફ પ્રથમ ચરણ) Shibir" (મિથ્યાત્વ અને સમ્યકત્વ ની વ્યવહારૂ તેમજ સૈદ્ધાંતિક અને પ્રયોગાત્મક સરળ ભાષામાં સમજણ આપતી આ શિબિરનો લાભ લેવા આમંત્રણ.)




YJA West Retreat - Mar 24 - 26, 2017



YJA West Region Retreat is set for March 24 - 26, 2017. If you know of any young Jains between the ages of 14 and 29 please encourage them to attend!!!! There will be educational sessions forYJA youth of all ages, and fun Jain activities. The attendee will also get a retreat shirt!!!!

YJA retreat for March 24 - 26th, will be a weekend where young Jains from all over the west region will get together for fascinating sessions and fun bonding experiences. This year's retreat will be held near Sequoia National Park, California.

Registration for the event is currently open at https://yja.org/event_details.php?id=5.

Visit yja.org to register for the YJA West Retreat today. Transportation and car pools can be arranged.

Please email west@yja.org if you have any questions!!!!!! #YJARetreats2017




Jains Got Talent at JAINA Convention 2017



You Got Talent? We got the Stage!!!
Jains Got Talent is one of the highlights of the upcoming JAINA convention. It offers you unique opportunity to showcase your talent in front of the entire Jain Community during Jaina Convention in Edison, New Jersey from June 30 to July 4, 2017.

Singers, Magicians, Dancers, Comedians, Jugglers…anyone can compete to be the winner.

Register as a solo performer or as a group! Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to share your great talent and performance with our community. Please begin preparations to take part and register for this exciting event…

There are three categories, based on the age:

  • Group 1: 17 years and under;
  • Group 2: 18-34 years;
  • Group 3: 35 years and above.

The competition will be between the contestants of the same age category. Groups can be merged based on the number of entries.

Registration Form and guidelines will be available soon at convention.jaina.org

Please contact Jains Got Talent Chair:





Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California

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