performed Dhwaja Arohan ceremony on the Jain Shikhar and Hindu community
performed Dhwaja Arohan ceremony on the other four Hindu Shikhars of the Hindu Jain
Temple on April 5, 2009.
The Jain ceremony started with a Snatra Pooja and Dhwaja Pooja in early morning
followed by a procession of approximately 120 people carrying Dhwaja with
Dharawadi to the outside of the Temple. Ashta Prakari Pooja was performed at
the top of Jain Shikhar and then Dhwaja was unfurled. A Samuhik Ayambil as a
part of the Ayambil Ni Oli was done after the Dhwaja Ceremony followed by a mini
Sidhha Chakra Poojan.
Rajat Jayanti (Twenty Fifth Anniversary) Mahotsav
The Hindu Jain Temple of Pittsburgh celebrated its
Rajat Jayanti Mahotsav from May 9 to 17, 2009. The celebration was started with
Jain Adhar Abhisek and Bhakti Sandhya on Saturday, May 9th and very auspicious
Shri Bhaktamar Poojan on Sunday May10th. Shri Narendrabhai Nandu and his
melodious group performed Shri Adhar Abhishek and Shri Bhaktamar Strotra
Poojan. Jain Adhar Abhishek are performed every year on the anniversary of the
temple for Shri Parshwanath, Shri Mahavirswami, Shri Simandhar Swami and Shri
Adishwar Bhagwan idols. More than 20 families also brought idols from home for
the Abhishek About 42 families
participated in performing Abhihek and approximately 150 people participated in
the ceremony. Sadharmik Vatslya followed the ceremony.
Approximately 400 people from Jain and Hindu Community
attended the Bhakti Sandhya in the evening of May 9th after Sadharmik
Vatsalyay. Shri Narendrabhai’s group presented Jain Stavans and Hindu Bhajans
to a spellbound audience for 3 hours. The beautiful Aarati was performed for
all Deities after the music program. Along with real Aarati in front of various
Idols, each family was holding a decorated thali with small electric lamp. All main
lights were turned off during the whole Aarati. It was a spectacular sight and
looked beautiful. Every one enjoyed the whole program.
Shri Bhaktamar Poojan was started at 12:39 pm. on
Sunday May10th. Shri Bhaktamar Strotra has 44 gathas according to Shwetambar
tradition and 48 gathas according to Digambar tradition. Shri Narendrabhai’s
group performed the poojan in accordance with both traditions. 48 families
participated in the poojan and approximately 250 people attended it. Sadharmik
Vatsalya followed the poojan.
On Saturday May 16, devotional Jain Stavans and Hindu
Bhajans were presented by local musicians, in the afternoon followed by
Aashirvachans from Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanuji and Swami Shri Chidanand
Saraswatiji (Muniji), both of whom were the inspiration behind this Temple and also were present during the Sthapana ceremony
of the Temple
25 years ago. It was a very emotional day for all the participants. Sadharmik
Vatsalya followed the whole program.
Sunday, May 17th was the last day of nine-day
celebration. The Shobha Yatra and Hindu Celebration were followed by lunch.
Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanuji’s discourse and meditation in the afternoon were
attended by about 70 people, which included many American followers of him.
During the celebration of the Rajat Jayanti a logo was
designed for the souvenir book and decorating the Temple representing harmony between Jains and
Hindus combining flags of both faith. The Hindu
is unique not only in North America but all
over the world.
The whole nine-day celebration of the Rajat Jayanti of
the Hindu Jain Temple
was a grand success and a very memorable event. The Hindu Jain Temple of
Pittsburgh reached a major milestone with this celebration.