The growing prosperity of the Jain community in western India, engaged principally as merchants and bankers, allowed the commissioning of significant quantities of high-quality metal icons. As the custom of building large temple complexes became more widespread, so did the production of images and other objects associated with ritual and worship.
Jainism, one of the oldest religions to originate in India, has had a widespread influence in art, architecture, and sculpture through the subcontinent. Some of the popular temples and architecture can be seen in Western India – The Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves as well as the Dilwara temples.
One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water and vegetation, disregards his own existence which is entwined with them
Michchhāmi Dukkadam is another greeting which requests forgiveness usually spoken after performing the annual forgiveness and repentance day ritual known as Samvatsari Pratikraman.
We are living in the times where our life is getting dictated by the forces beyond our control. Management of life has been a challenge in the present times. Despite the limitations of the times during which various ancient civilizations developed and prospered, some of their systems of management did marvellously well, probably with less of frustrations, stress, chaos, and terror that the mankind faces today even after having all the benefits of science and technology as well as the modern management.
Leshya, a unique concept in Jain metaphysics denoting light or radiation, links the dynamics of the soul (consciousness) and the karmic body with the psycho-physical activities performed by the physical body, and is believed to be associated with every conscious-being, Jeeva (except Ayoga Kevali and Siddha Jeeva). Jeeva in their mundane existence as worldly living-beings, constitute impure states due to association of souls with matter, which profoundly influence their behavior and evolution.
On this occasion of the first anniversary of JAIN AVENUE magazine, I bring you greetings from JAINA. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the trustees of the JAINA India Foundation – Dr. Bipin Doshi, Amol Shah, and Dhimen Vora who have shepherded a nascent idea and made it a
PARYUSHAN means: Festival of self-friendship and realisation of soul, festival of sacrifice, penance, and endurance. Festival of soul purification and self-search, time to keep aside the post, wealth and prestige and be with God.
Abstract: Jainism, as an old religion in India, has contributed to the architecture of India. Jain Art and architecture developed during different periods are seen in various parts of the country, including Maharashtra.
The doctrine of leshya, first mooted in the world of philosophy, has today become a subject of scientific research. It may bear a different name, but the doctrine is the same.
Formation of OneJAIN on 28th September 2014. This provides the Jain community with a single coherent voice in promoting the values and cause of Jainism.
It has been sometime since I started learning about Jainism systematically via a University of Mumbai course.