13.05 ►Middle Loka

Posted: 23.07.2018
 
Because the structure of the middle loka is of special interest, I will describe it first. This part of the loka contains innumerable ( asamkhyat ) ring-shaped circular islands ( dweepas ) separated by as many ring-shaped circular oceans ( samudras ) arranged in a circumscribing fashion one after another. The middle circular island is called Jambudweepa, which, according to some scholars, is supposed to be our...

A South Indian Jaina Rathotsava (Chariot Festival) at Nellikar in Tuḷunāḍu

Posted: 30.05.2018
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The present day Tuḷunāḍu Jains can be divided into three groups: (1) Jains (2) Śeṭṭi-Jains and (3) Indra-s. They are all Digambaras and speak both Tuḷu and Kannada. The Indra-Jains (also known as "Purohita-s" and "Jain-Brāhmaṇas") are hereditary priests at [Digambara] Jain temples (basadi-s). The Venerable Bhaṭṭāraka Cārukīrti...

6.7.1 Jambudweep and Middle Loka

Posted: 11.02.2018
 
The first question that can be asked is where is Jambudweep? Most people assume Earth to be the Jambudweep. We know that Jambudweep is disk shaped and the Earth is spherical. Where is mount Sumeru? Again people assume some mountain on Earth as Sumeru. If it were so then the Sun and Moon would orbit it. Similarly, attempts to locate Haimvat, Harivarsh, Videh regions on Earth have failed. Besides geography the...

6.4 Two-and - Half Islands

Posted: 02.02.2018
 
Surrounding the Jambudweep is Lavana Ocean whose outer diameter is 5, 00,000 yojana. Aquatic beings are found in Lavana Ocean, Kalodaka Ocean and the last Swayambhuramana Ocean only. Other oceans of middle   loka do not have lands of action and no aquatic beings as well. The entire region of middle   loka between the Manushottara Mountain and the middle half of last Swayambhuramana Island contains lands of...

Jambūdvīpa

Posted: 17.01.2018
 
The name of the central continent (island) (in Jain Cosmography); it is situated in the centre of the Tiryagloka (middle universe), surrounded by innumerable concentric rings of alternate oceans and conti­nents; its diameter is 1 lakh Yojana ( 1Yojana = 7.88 kilometers) and Mount Meru is its nucleus. tanmadhye merunābhirvṛtto yojanasatasahasraviṣkambho jambūdvīpaḥ. ( TaSū 3.9)

14.01.2018 ►JSGD ►Newsletter

Posted: 14.01.2018
 
Jain Society of Greater Detroit NEWSLETTER : 1/14/2018 UPCOMING EVENTS Day Date Program Timing Comment Sunday 1/14/2018 Adinath Panch Kalyanak Puja (Meru Teras) 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM   Thursday 1/18/2018 Monthly Snatra Puja 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Besto Mahino (Maha) Sunday 1/21/2018 Hindi Class 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM   Study Class 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM Sunday 2/04/2018 Hindi Class 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM   Study Class...

Jain Festivals

Posted: 13.01.2018
By Acharya Tulsi
Festivals are the symbols of the past. Considering a particular date historical and organizing a celebration on that date is called a festival. The Jains have mainly four festivals-Akshaya tritiya, Paryushana, Mahavira Jayanti and Deepavali. 1. Akshaya Tritiya (Aakha Teej): It is a historical festival of the Jain community. On this day Lord Rishabhdeva, the first Tirthankar of the Jains, completed his one year...

12.01.2018 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 12.01.2018
 
Jain Center of Southern California In this Issue: Ongoing Programs Life Time Tithis Upcoming Events Dignitary Visits and Shibirs Change of Dates in 2018 JCSC Calendar Derasar Timings & Seva Meru Teras 12 Bhavna Shibir - 1/27 - 1/28 Wellness Challenge Other News Ongoing Programs - Jan, 2018 Event Date Start Time Daily Ashtprakari Puja Daily 7:30 AM Aarti-Mangal Divo Weekdays 8:15 PM Sat/Sun/Holidays 7:30...

Lustrating the First King: Digambara Images of Abhiṣeka

Posted: 11.01.2018
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London When illustrating the lives of the Jinas, it is typical to use examples from the Śvetāmbara Kalpasūtra , and many paintings from manuscripts of it have been published over the years. One might get the impression that this text is the only one to recount the lives of the Jinas, but there are actually many such texts in a variety of languages that...

07.01.2018 ►JSGD ►Newsletter

Posted: 08.01.2018
 
Jain Society of Greater Detroit NEWSLETTER: 1/7/2018 UPCOMING EVENTS Day Date Program Timing Comment Sunday 1/7/2018 Hindi Class 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM Study Class 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM Hindi Puja 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sunday 1/14/2018 Adinath Panch Kalyanak Puja (Meru Teras) 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Swamivatsalya RSVP Thursday 1/18/2018 Monthly Snatra Puja 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Besto Mahino (Maha) Sunday 1/21/2018 Hindi...