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Dhwaja Arohan Ceremony - Pittsburgh

e-Jain Digest I e-Jain Digest October 2009

The Jain Society of Pittsburgh

Dhwaja Arohan Ceremony

Jain community 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 the Temple 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 Jain Temple 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.

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