Mahotsav Celebration at Jain Center of
is supremely auspicious and its essential is the practice of nonviolence,
self-control and austerity.” -Mahavir
culmination of the Jain community of South Florida’s
important endeavor since 1994, the Jain Center of South Florida [JCSF] became a
reality in April 2009. The JCSF, built in Weston,
Florida, is a unique model for
the mid-size community representing Murtipujak Digamber, Murtipujak Shvetamber,
Sthanakvasi, Shrimadji and Terapanthi, all in the same 4,000 square feet
center. The Jain community it serves
ranges from Miami to Port Lucie on the east
coast of Florida, to Ft. Myers
on west coast, with easy access from I-75 and I-95.
grand event was specially blessed by Gurudev Chitrabhanuji, Swamy Bhattarak
Devkirtiji, Samani Charitra Pragyaji, Samani Unnat Pragyaji, Samani Mudit
Pragyaji, Samani Param Pragyaji, Samani Akshaya Pragyaji, Samani Shukla Pragyaji,
Samani Vinay Pragyaji and Mumukshi Nikitaji. JAINA’s President Dilip Shah and
his wife Sarlaben graciously attended. More than 600 people took part in the
ceremony including out oown f tguests and volunteers from the Hindu community.
Center President & Pratistha Committee Chair Mr. Jayant Shah (Born and
Raised in Patan (NG) along with the Pratistha Committee put together a
beautiful program. The combined efforts of the Pratistha Committee, Executive
Committee, Board of Directors, Trustees, and community volunteers were critical
to the success of the program. One of
the highlights was the active participation and attendance of second-generation
adults who were mostly raised in the United States.
Program and JCSF
its core, the JCSF represents Mahavir’s principle of Anekantvad (truth can be
partial, multi-faceted like a diamond).
April 17, 2009, the Pratistha program began with Digamber Jina Bimb Suddhi puja
for JCSF’s Aadinath’s 25 inches idol and six idols in Bhamati inspired by Swamy
Bhattarak Devkirtiji. Scholarly lectures
by Gurudev Chitrabhanuji, Swami Bhattarak Devkirtiji and Adarniya Samani
Charitra Pragyaji were given about the importance of Pratistha. Then Gadi and coin puja were performed. The evening was celebrated by bhavana and
April 18, 2009, under the spiritual guidance of Vidhikar Narendrabhai Nandu and
inspirational music of his team, many puja took place, including kumbh, deep
Sthapana, and Jwara Ropan. In addition,
there was the inauguration of the Navakar Mantra shila in English and Hindi
with chanting and eighteen abhishek for the Shvetamber idols. The day ended with a cultural program from
young adults to the Jain Sanedo by the community.
19, 2009 began with the beautiful Pratistha Varghoda. In keeping with the heritage of darshanam,
following Pratistha were performed: Mulnaik Mahavir (31 inches), Arihant –
Living tirthankar Simandhar Swamy (25 inches), and first tirthankar Adinath (25
inches) in Kaussagg Digamber style;
Shantinath & Parshvanath (21 inches) followed by 6 Digamber and 18
Shvetamber Tirthankars 15 inches in Bhamati, two Ganadhar, Gautamswamy and
Sudharmaswamy; three devis, Padmavati, Lakshmi devi and Saraswati devi; and
finally, two devs, Manibhadra Veer and Ghantakaran Veer.
the afternoon, for knowledge, the JCSF conducted the inauguration of Bhaktamar
shila in Sanskrit, and Atmasiddhi in Gujarati with Shreemadji’s photograph in
the main hall. For their actions,
photographs of Achrya Tulsi, who created the Anuvrata movement, and Achrya Maha
Pragyaji, who brought Preksha Dhyan the wider community were unveiled in the
library. The beautiful Shatrunjay Pat
for pilgrimage was also unveiled. The
evening concluded with a beautiful Shalibhadra drama inspired by Samaniji
teaching about Tap and Dan.
Pratistha program culminated in the dwar opening and Laghu Shanti Snatra on
April 20, 2009.
Jayant Shah and all JCSF Management team believe that this unique design of
this center is a shining example of Unity and diversity of the Jains. Please
visit our web site www.jainacentersfl.org for our Prathistha celebration photos
and smiling faces of young and old.
conclusion, with continuing support from the community, from its body, mind and
soul (Tan, Man and Dhan), having a
temple, Hall with carved shashtra, Pathshala, library, and kitchen, the
JCSF will serve as a great place for worship and, more importantly, serve as a
focal point developing the good character of the south Florida Jain
community. The center’s Main Hall’s
traditional marble architecture will provide a strong monument for the future