Posted: 01.02.2013
 
Potters Bar Jain Temple in Snow Potters Bar Jain Temple in Snow: Jain Derasar Potters Bar, UK in Snow from vimal shah on Vimeo . The first Shikarbadhi Jain Temple built outside India: Jain Temple Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom from vimal shah on Vimeo .
Posted: 06.08.2012
 
Jain Temple at Potters Bar is situated in Hertfordshire, north-east of London. In 2005, Oshwal Association of the U.K (OAUK) completed the building of the first traditional Shikarbandh Jain Derasar (Temple) at Oshwal Centre, Potters Bar. The temple is built within the landscaped garden and laid in the grounds in the shape of the Jain symbol of Cosmos. In the main hall of the temple, there are statues of Jain...
Posted: 12.10.2008
By Dr. Atul Keshavji Shah
On Saturday 11th October, a team of fifteen Jain leaders from North America came to the Oshwal Centre in Potters Bar, London to launch the International Jain Summer School (ISSJS) in Europe. Directors of the School, Dr. Sulekh Chand Jain and Dr. Shugan Chand Jain spoke of the significant impact this project has had in different parts of the world over the last five years since inception, reading out...
Posted: 11.08.2007
By Paras D. Shah
The Face Which Radiates Non-Violence And Peace One lady remarked before leaving the temple, “I was searching for a face which radiates non-violence and peace. What would this person look like?” She added by saying to Samani Prasanna Pragya and Samani Vishad Pragya, “Seeing you, I feel my research has come to an end. Your faces are full of peace and calmness.“
Posted: 13.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
All were peaceful and happy; they were from all walks of life, and from all generations. Nobody ran around orientationless, whenever someone needed support, he immediately got it from the volunteers. The organisers had planned meticiously the details to avoid any chaotic situation, and they had succeeded. About 250 volunteers were on the spot every day. Many people said that they had never seen so many young...
Posted: 12.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Every morning at 8 a.m., a rented bus was starting from Kenton Library in north-west London to the northerly situated Oshwal Centre at Potter's Bar; at 8 p.m. departure was back to town. During the trip, Mantras and prayers were recited, and everybody arrived in high spirit.
Posted: 11.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Shree Chitrabhanu spoke Mantras and recited Slokas from the scriptures, traditionally used since thousand years for the door opening ceremony of a Pratishta Mahotsav. They are expressing the spirit of Ahimsa in which a temple is erected, to gather peaceful people in devotion and brotherhood.
Posted: 10.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Everybody among the gathered crowd felt part of a unique moment, even the smallest. In the main tent, the public could follow the procedure through big screens. For direct and first-hand experience in the temple, huge amounts of money had been paid. From left: Samanijis Punya & Pratibha Pragya , Pramodha Chitrabhanu, Shree Chitrabhanu
Posted: 09.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The symbolic parents of Lord Mahavira were sitting in a flower-decorated open car, while ‘Queen Trishala' was holding a statue of her ‘son' in her hands. The couple, performing Lord Mahavira's parents, reported that they had really felt blessed and different from normal in those moments, when they were the parents of Lord Mahavira.
Posted: 08.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Like many beautiful things, this temple also started with a dream, dreamt not only by one individual, but shared by many. Every single person had one view of this dream...
Posted: 06.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
...Then four men placed it carefully on the chariot. New cushions and blankets were put for safe transport. The Pratima of Lord Mahavira was veiled for a short time as well. Now the Pratima of Lord Mahavira was ready to be moved inside the temple.
Posted: 05.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The statues of Lord Rishabha (left) and Lord Parshvanath (right) flank the statue of Lord Mahavira in the middle. Up to 24th August, the Pratimas (statues) were exposed in a room of the Oshwal Centre, serving as prayer room.
Posted: 04.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Bhaktamar Stotra Puja took place in the big main tent, one day before the Pratimas were brought to the temple. The tree, in front of which editor Karuna Jain is sitting, symbolises life, as do the coconuts positioned in all four directions. Coconut is used as reminder how we are supported by nature; its juice and flesh nourish us, its skin might be used for utensils as plates, dishes, and cups, or for...
Posted: 31.08.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
“I think, the construction of this temple and the publication of a spiritual magazine as Jain Spirit are in some way related. Both are cultural activities by which ethical values as peace and kindness to all living beings are reminded and propagated, badly needed nowadays where materialism and consumerism are in first range. Jain Spirit also wants to create awareness for the fact that this planet of ours is...
Posted: 30.08.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The evening program for Pratishta Mahotsav was offering a broad choice of cultural performances, such as plays, dances, and recitations of religious songs.
Posted: 29.08.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The Samavasaran stone is situated in northern direction of a Jain temple. It shows the last sermon of Lord Mahavira before he got omniscience and went to Samadhi. On the top of the stone, Lord Mahavira gives his sermon in meditation posture under the Ashok Tree. He preaches to all 4 directions, symbolising that truth and light of knowledge are accessible for every seeker of truth, no matter from which direction...
Posted: 27.08.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Installation Of The Into Their Shrines On Sunday, 21st August 2005, everybody enjoyed the processions, in which all 24 Tirthankaras were brought to their shrines. These shrines are located in all four directions around the temple. Shree Chitrabhanu gives blessings to the processions, chairperson Ashwin Shah and committee members of the Oshwal Association U.K. speaking prayers. The children were heading the...
Posted: 26.08.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The opening of the first Jain Temple in Hertfordshire, close to North London, was started on Friday, 19 th August. As the London weather on that day was fulfilling all prejudices, most of the activities had to be performed in the tents. Outside rain was master of ceremonies. In the Indian tradition, rain is very auspicious for the start of spiritual ceremonies. The celebration of consecrating a magnificent home...

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