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On 150th Birthday Celebration of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhiji, JAINA & L. D. Institute of Indology jointly organized a one-day seminar on Mahatma Gandhiji and Jainism. Read more about it below.

JAINA Interfaith Committee has represented Jainism in four Parliaments of World Religions Conferences. Last year, JAINA delegation took part in the conference in Toronto from Nov 1 to 7, 2018. More details are given below.

JAINA Convention 2019 team is super excited to release the first introduction video of JAINA Convention 2019, which showcases the essence of JAINA Convention and depicts what's unique about this convention. Watch the video below.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President


On 150th Birthday Celebration of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhiji, JAINA & L. D. Institute of Indology jointly organized one-day seminar on ‘Mahatma Gandhiji and Jainism’. The seminar was organized on January 17, 2019, where JAINA President, Gunvant Shah highlighted Gandhiji’s life and how he understood Jain principles very well, particularly those related to soul, Ahimsa, Anekanta, Aparigraha, Fasting and Brahmacharya primarily through his interactions with Shrimad Rajchandra. Using the same principles, Gandhiji helped India to liberate from the British rule. He accomplished it with the use of soul-force but without the use of force, coercion or violence. Gandhiji was able to arouse and mobilise the masses to join his Satyagraha for freedom.


During the seminar, JAINA Academic Liaison Committee Member, Dilip Shah talked about JAINA activities, while JAINA Education Committee Chair, Pravin Shah explained how the committee prepared pathshala books and it is used uniformly by all pathshalas in USA and Canada. About 3000 students participate during weekend pathshala at the different Jain Centers.


JAINA Convention 2019 We are thrilled to be releasing our 1st JAINA Convention 2019 VIDEO that introduces the essence of JAINA Convention and depicts what's unique about this convention.

In this video, we highlight the features of the JAINA Convention 2019, including our captive daytime programming with world renowned dignitaries like Tulsi Gabbard, Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, and Gaur Gopal Das and exciting entertainment such as Bollywood Show by Celebrity Performers, Garba-Raas, One Rhythm Cultural Program, Jain Got Talent, and Jain Connect, to name a few.

If you have already registered, we thank you and are delighted to have you as a participant to the convention.

Are you still undecided? We hope this video provides you a sneak peek to what’s in store for JAINA Convention 2019!

Important Reminder: Registration fees increase on February 2nd; please sign up this month ( to take advantage of the reduced registration fees.

Come, join us in Los Angeles this July 2019 to be empowered and enlightened!!

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Enjoy the video!


Only that science is a great and the best of all sciences, the study of which frees man from all kinds of miseries.

- Bhagwan Mahavira



Q 1: How many sub-types are of the Vedniya Karma?

Q 2: How many sub-types are of the Mohniya Karma?


For the past 14 years, the JAINA Interfaith Committee has represented Jainism in four Parliament of The World’s Religions Conferences. Last year was no different. JAINA delegation took part in the conference in Toronto from Nov 1 to 7, 2018. There were over 8,300 attendees representing over 120 faiths from all around the world with multitude of programs. We featured 40+ session from 30+ Jain speakers that were a combination of spiritual leaders, subject matter experts within our community, and also included members under 40 years of age who shared their practice of Jainism with modernity. Speakers included a diversity of speakers and panelists from India, the United States, and Canada such as Acharya Lokesh Muniji, Sadhviji Shilapiji, Bhattarakji from Mulbidri, Arvind Vora, Naresh Jain, Pravin K. Shah, Hema and Manda Pokharna, Manish Mehta, Kirit Daftary, along with Nikhil Bumb and Parth Savla.


Story #13: Dhar Shravak

Many groups have tried to stake their claim to the ownership of the great shrine of Girnar. This is one such instance describing the martyrs of that time, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of devotion to this shrine.

There lived a follower of Jain religion named Dhar in the village of Dhamanuli. As a result of his pious deeds in previous lives, he had built righteous merit which was instrumental in bestowing on him copious amount of wealth in his current life. Once, trader Dhar went on a pilgrimage to the great shrine of Girnar along with his five sons and members of the Jain community in order to utilize his wealth in religious and charitable activities. En route, they carried out several charitable activities that enhanced the glory of Jain religion. They arrived at the foothills of Mount Girnar and set up their tents at the base.

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Young Jain Professionals (YJP) is excited to announce their first official Los Angeles event of 2019, Dinner with the 2019 YJP Board! Join them for a delicious meal and insightful discussions about relevant issues to young Jain professionals ranging from professional, spiritual, and community service.

They will be having dinner on February 8, 2019 at Doomie's Home Cookin'. If you have any questions, feel free to contact at


A 1: There are two sub-types of Vedniya Karma.


A 2: There are twenty-eight sub-types of Mohniya Karma.

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