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Pratishthä Ceremony of Shvetämbar Tradition for Jain Temples in America - by Pravin Shah - Chairman of JAINA Education Committee

Posted By Yogendra K. Jain, Saturday, June 28, 2008

Pratishthä Ceremony of Shvetämbar Tradition for Jain Temples in America

There are two types of Pratishthä ceremonies performed to install a Tirthankar idol of the Shvetämbar tradition in a temple.

  • Präna-Pratishthä which includes an Anjan-Shaläkä ceremony
  • Simple Pratishthä which does not include an Anjan-Shaläkä ceremony

This article provides an overview of both the ceremonial processes as performed by Shvetämbar Murtipujak Jain communities.  It also explains the benefits and additional responsibility the members of the society have to fulfill if their centers decide to install the idols with Anjan-Shaläkä/ Präna-Pratishthä ritual.

Some of the new temples in America have decided to install (Pratishthä) a Tirthankar idol with simple Pratishthä (without an Anjan-Shaläkä on an Idol) ceremony while others are not sure whether to install the idols with Anjan-Shaläkä ritual or not.  This article may provide some help in your decision.


You can download the article (.pdf file) from Jaina website using the following link:
http://www.jaina.org/educationcommittee/education_material/$$Articles/

Pravin K. Shah,
Chairperson of Jaina Education Committee
Federation of Jaina Associations in North America
919-859-4994

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