03.03.2017 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 03.03.2017
Updated on: 04.03.2017

Jain Center of Southern California

In This Issue

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Dignitary Visits/ Shibirs
  • Chah Gau Yatra - 3/10
  • Chaumasi Chaudas - 3/11
  • ACC/JCSC Health Fair - 3/12
  • First Shibir of 2017 - 3/18 - 19
  • Varshitap Prarambh, Shree Adinath Kalyanak
  • Raj Katha Shibir - 3/24 - 26
  • JCSC Wellness Seminar
  • TCCOP & ACC Update
  • Tax Preparation Services
  • Jains Got Talent at JAINA Convention 2017
  • Other News

Ongoing Programs - 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

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


 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




  • 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.




Upcoming Events




  • Chaumasi Chaudas (Dev Vandan/Pratikraman) - Sat, 3/11 - 2:30 PM - Aradhana Hall
  • Medical Camp - Sun,3/12 - 8.00 AM - 2.00PM - Main Hall
  • Adult Swadhyay Shibir - Sat-Sun, 3/18,19 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Aradhana Hall
  • Varshitap Prarambh - Tue, 3/21
  • Rushbhdev Kalyanak - Sat, 3/25 - 9.00 AM - 12.00 PM - Derasar
  • Navpadji Ayambil Oli - Mon-Tue, 4/3 - 4/11 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Dining Hall
  • Navpadji Puja - Sat, 4/8 - 9:00 AM -12:00 PM - Derasar
  • MJK Puja - Sun, 4/9 - 9:00 AM -12:00 PM - Derasar
  • Cultural Program/GBM - Sun, 4/9 - 2:00 PM - 5:00PM - Main Hall
  • Tapasvi Bahuman - Sun, 4/9            ----DO-------
  • Shrimad Bhakti - Sun, 4/16 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Aradhana Hall
  • Shimandharswami Puja - Sat, 4/22 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Derasar
  • Varshitap Parna - Sat, 4/29 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Main Hall





Dignitary Visits / Shibirs



  • Mar 18/19, 2017 - "The First Awakening" Shibir by Shri Girishbhai
  • Mar 24/26, 2017 - Raj Katha Shibir




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.




Chaumasi Chaudas - March 11, 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.




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





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.)




Varshitap Prarambh, Shri Adinath 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






Raj Katha Shibir - Mar 24 - 26, 2017



On the auspicious occasion of celebration of 150th birth anniversary year of Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandraji, Jain Center of Southern California is pleased to invite you to a 3 day Raj Katha shibir being held from Friday, March 24th to Sunday, March 26th. Swadhyaykar Atmarpit Rajuji from Dharampur, India, will conduct the sessions.

This is a wonderful opportunity to know many details about Param Krupalu Dev's life. In each session, Atmarpit Rajuji will reveal the treasure trove of Param Krupalu Dev’s numerous virtues through various incidents from His spiritually rich life.

The shibir session schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 24:
Session 1:     08:30 PM - 10:00 PM 

Saturday, March 25: 
 Session 2:     10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
   Lunch:        11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  Session 3:    01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
  Tea:             03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
  Session 4:    04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
  Dinner:        06:00 PM - 07:00 pm

Sunday, March 26:
 Session 5:   01:30 pm to 03:00 pm

There is no cost to attend the Shibir. The lunch and dinner on Saturday are also free of charge.

To RSVP, please fill-out the form at https://goo.gl/forms/KHmhbAHWVAbeTTyZ2

Please contact Dilip Parekh at 310-721-5947 if you have any questions.




Tapasvi Bahumaan and Anumodana - Apr 9, 2017



JCSC is pleased to honor all Tapasvis who have done any of the following Tapsya during year 2016 -17.
This function will be held on on Mahavir Janm Kalyanak Day, April 9, 2017

The details are as follows:

  • When: On the day of MJK - Sunday, April 9,2017.
  • Where: Main Hall.

The following Tapsyas  qualify:

  1. Varshitap
  2. 99 Yatra of Sidhhchalji/Girnarji.
  3. Updhan Tap.

Please submit following information to Dr Mahendra Shah, as soon as possible.

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Phone No:
  • Type of Tapsya:
  • Will attend: Yes/No.
  • If No, will any member of the family attend?
  • Give his/her details:

Contact:Dr Mahendra Shah at 714-757-9490 or e-mail at drmcshah@hotmail.com




JCSC Wellness Seminar Series



Our next week's speaker is  Dr. Bhavi Shah, General Dentist

She is going to discuss about General Dentistry: 

• Healthy Mouth from Pregnancy to all Ages.
• Importance of Fluoride in Water
• Nutrition for Dental Health 
• Preventive Care for Dental Health
• Dental Disease and Treatment
• Connection between Oral Health and Systemic Disease
• Q & A Session 

Date: March 5th, 2017

Time: Yoga 10:15 AM -11:00 AM, Wellness discussion 11:00 AM - 12:15PM

Subject: Genral Dentistry

By: Dr. Bhavi Shah

Place: JCSC Exhibit Hall  (Outside the office area)

Please send any further Further inquiry to: info@jcscwellness.org




TCCOP & ACC Update



Our efforts of serving the community is continuing with your gracious support. We added few more projects this year and had very good support from the community. 
We are continuing our routine of serving weekly breakfasts and monthly dinners, providing groceries, and visiting lonely patients. Masking sandwiches for homeless in down town LA.
Our special thanks to Tarlaben Kapadia and Ramilaben Shah for serving breakfast in Pasadena.
We want to thank our sponsors for last month:
1. Dipta & Manesh Shah
2. Nitu and Harshad Kothari
3. Chandra Kirit Doshi
4. Urvashi & Virendra Shah
5. Falguni & Pinal Doshi for Dinner at Long Beach Church..
6. Anonymous  for donating a pallet of grocery to Giving Children Hope organization.
7. Former JCYC student  & Bhavana & Jitu Shah for sandwiches to LA Downtown Mission for homeless.

We can help you celebrate yours or other family member's birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions meaningfully, by sponsoring an event in their honor! Also, if you want to help us in any of our projects please contact us.

Thank you in advance for your contributions. 

Please call 714-856-4256 or contact any of us at the following:




Tax Preparation Services by Suren bhai Shah



Suren bhai Shah volunteers for AARP and is trained by IRS to prepare Tax Returns for Senior Citizens as well as low income families. He operates at two locations namely La Habra Community Center and Yorba Linda Community Center. In addition to Tax Preparation he also provides Medicare Medical Counselling.

CLICK HERE for the La Habra Community Center Flyer

CLICK HERE for the Yorba Linda Community Center Flyer





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:




Other News





                                                TRADITIONS  IN  INDIA

A unique opportunity to Study Nonviolence in India. International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) is currently accepting applications for three, four and six week study programs in India.
Application Deadline extended to March 15, 2017.

Jain Dharma/Religion originated in India several thousand years ago. An elder cousin of Buddhism, Jain dharma teaches a lifestyle rooted in the practice of unconditional nonviolence.  Its teachings inspired and influenced Mahatma Gandhi.
Students and scholars will learn about Jain traditions from learned scholars as well as practicing monks and nuns in India. The Program is designed for Undergraduate and Graduate students,Post-Doctoral Fellows, Full time Faculty and High School Teachers with an interest in the Jain Studies and Ahimsa (nonviolence).  The three, four  and six week long, stand alone and separate intensive courses in International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) 2017 will entail morning lectures, afternoon field trips, visits to some schools, time in a few ancient cities and meetings with Jain professionals, monks and  nuns.

For the last 12 years, every summer, ISSJS have been offered regularly in India. The number of participants has seen a steady increase every year. Nearly 86 scholars participated in ISSJS-2016 programs and  700 students and scholars from many universities and High Schools have participated in ISSJS programs so far. We are excited to be offering ISSJS in 2017. 

ISSJS is unique in that:

  • It is an experiential and India based program and makes India a classroom for the study of ahimsa /nonviolence, Jain, history culture and philosophy. 
  • The  program is highly subsidized.

Ø  ISSJS.2017-TFP  July 8-July 28, 2017;            Fee; $600 USD for school teachers
Ø  ISSJS.2017-4W   June 11–July 8,   2017;         Fee; $650 for undergrad and grad. students
Ø  ISSJS.2017-6W   June 11–July 22, 2017;         Fee; $750 for grad. students, PhD students,            Post-Docs and full time faculty***

Full-refund of program fee upon successful completion of 6 Week program only.
All program fees include boarding, lodging, course fee and program related travels in India. Visa, airfare and insurance related costs are not included.


  1. ISSJS.2017-TFP Flyer
  2. ISSJS.2017-4W Flyer
  3. ISSJS.2017-6W Flyer


For Program Details & Application, Questions? Contact Visit our website www.isjs.in






Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California

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