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Chicago Celebrated 15th Prathista Anniversary Mahotsav at Bartlett, IL

Thursday, July 03, 2008   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hemant Shah
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July 3rd, 2008

Chicago Celebrated 15th Prathista Anniversary Mahotsav at Bartlett, IL

A grand celebration event was held at the Jain Society of Chicago's (JSMC) Bartlett, Illinois temple on a festive occasion of temples 15th Prathista anniversary on Saturday, June28 and 29, 2008. More than 1200 people attended various events includes: 108 Parshvanath mahapujan, dwaja change ceremony, 18 abhishek, musical drama “Aaras Ke Varas”, etc.

Founded in 1970, the Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago (JSMC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Illinois. JSMC is a proud member of the Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) and has the distinct honor of building the first significant Jain Temple of North America in 1992 on a 15.4-acre property it owns in Bartlett, Illinois. First Pratishta of mulnayak bhagavan Mahavir Swami and other pratimajis were done in 1993 and since then, this facility has become the prime place for all religious and educational activity of Jain community in mid-west area. JSMC has a membership of about 1,500 families, the largest membership representation of all Jain Centers in North America.

On this occasion, prominent pujankar from India, Shri Narendrabhai Nandu was invited with his team, for authentic vidhi of Atharah Abhishek ( Adhar (18) Abhishek) and 108 Parsvanath Pujan. Samniji Akshaypragyaji & Vinaypragyaji of Jain Visva Bharti of Houston, TX, attended and blessed these events with Jinvani.

On 28th Saturday, a very auspicious 108 parsvanath pujan was performed by Narendra Nandu. Parshvanath or Parshvanatha (pārśvá-nātha, occasionally spelled Parshvanath or Parswanath) is the twenty-third Tirthankara (fordmaker) in Jainism. fl. ca. in the 7th Century BCE, traditionally 877-777 BCE. He is the earliest Jain leader generally accepted as a historical figure. Parshva was the son of king Ashvasena and queen Vama of Varanasi. He renounced the world and became an ascetic when he was 30 years old. He achieved Nirvana atop Sammet Sikhar. There are 108 different names of Parsvanath idols and famous temples are in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Maharastra, India.

After divine experience of Parswanath mahapujan, people enjoyed swamivatsalya bhakti and that evening, a grand musical drama “Aaras Ke Varas” was performed by the members of the society. This drama was written and choreographed by Shri Narendra Nandu of India. With a very short preparation, Samprati and Hansa Shah (as Vimal mantri & Shethani), Rekha Shah(as Devi Ambika), Kishor Shah (as nav yuvan) and Rashmi Shah (dasi) played a very good drama with a dance performed by young girls.

On 29th morning, a traditional ceremony was held at the top of the roof to change the flag of the temple on Shikhar and followed by Atharah Abhishek ( Adhar (18) Abhishek)- Eighteen oblations for purity. This very auspicious and beneficial activity is carried out for the sake of the purification and consecration of any old or new idol. Showering offered on idols with 18 oblations containing different kinds of pure water, herbs and some special substances. President Atul Shah, along with members of Board of Trustees, thanked all volunteers, donors and participants for successful completion of this two-day celebration.

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