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Jai Jinendra!

On November 14, 2018, the 2nd annual Advocacy Day of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, JAINA and other cosponsors hosted an event to celebrate Diwali and the Hindu New Year at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington DC.There were over 300 attendees and several Congressmen, Senators, and representatives from Local, State, Federal levels including the Honorable Indian Ambassador to the USA. More details are given below.

This Thanksgiving, support Luvin’ Arms, a shelter run by Jains, to protect, feed and provide medical care to farm animals. More details are given below.

Moksh Shah, a 14-year-old completed all his Eagle Scout Requirements, renovated Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington’s Playground as a Service Project, and awarded the Eagle Scout Rank in October 2018. JAINA gives anumodna to such initiatives. More details are given below.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President


The ignoramus is always benighted. The enlightened is always wide awake.

- Bhagwan Mahavir


Q 1: What is the Sadh-Porasi?

Q 2: What is the Purimuddh?



On November 14, 2018, Diwali was hosted by BAPS, JAINA, and others cosponsors on Capital Hill, Washington, DC. The event saw the participation of over 300 attendees from the Indian diaspora, 26 members of the House and Senate, Indian Ambassador to the USA, Navtej Sarna, White House Deputy Press Secretary, Raj Shah, first Indian American woman in the US Marine, Angelina Mehta and other representatives from Local, State, and Federal levels.

Some of the prominent names at the event were Congressmen Pete Sessions and Raja Krishnamoorthi; Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard, and Pramila Jayapal; Senators Bill Cassidy, John Boozman, Thom Tillis. The event also had representatives from Indian heritage participating in the Diwali Lamp Lighting ceremony.

JAINA had over 20 representatives including President - Gunvant Shah, First VP - Mahesh Wadher, Secretary - Haresh Shah, local Regional VP, YJP Chair and local area Directors.

All celebrated the spirit of Diwali, and the strength of the Indian American community in the USA, which gave hope of better collaboration between the American and Indian community and of building a greater bond between both the nations. Angelina Mehta and some of the Indian American politicians spoke about the cultural importance of Diwali and shared their memories of growing up in India and celebrating Diwali.

The event brought to light the strides that the Indian American community has made in the American political spectrum and marks their rising participation and representation in the policy and decision making process of this nation. The event also celebrated the rise and participation of Indian American women in non-traditional professions such as the US Marines and Politics.

The event concluded with a vegetarian dinner.


Luvin’ Arms is a shelter similar to panjrapols in India. It is run by Jains, to protect, feed, and provide medical care to farm animals. They do following activities :

  • Rescue animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chicken, turkeys and rabbits that would have been killed for food
  • Educate people and promote vegetarianism
  • Support laws that reduce animal suffering

If you’d like to help, you can

  • Go to to learn about their great work.
  • Visit them in Erie, Colorado - You can take a free tour or volunteer to help them or Contact them to arrange a time and date.
  • You can send a check or donate online directly to the organization. You can also give a check payable to Luvin’ Arms.

Remember these innocent animals at Thanksgiving, to donate

Donate in honor of birthdays or special occasions.


Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington

Moksh Shah completed all his Eagle Scout Requirements and Service Project at the young age of 14 and was awarded the Eagle Scout Rank in October 2018. As the Service project, he did the Renovation of the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington's (JSMW) Playground. JSMW proudly recognizes Moksh Shah for his service to JSMW.

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Jain Temple of Virginia - 2018 Diwali Angi


Story #3: Bhimsen

There was once a wonderful kingdom, Shravasti in Bharatkshetra that was situated in Jambudveep. The realm of Shravasti was ruled by a kind & gifted King Vajrasen. He devoutly worshipped holy Jain Gods and justly protected the interests of the dwellers of Shravasti. He was married to a chaste lady Subhadra. Unlike the parents, their son Prince Bhimsen was very cruel and full of malice. He profusely indulged in the vicious seven addictions.

King Vajrasen was extremely reluctantly on declaring Bhimsen as the Prince of Shravasti, but he was bound by circumstances to do the same. Since then Bhimsen had his greedy eyes on other’s wealth and laid his immoral hands on other women, thus creating many woes for all in the peaceful kingdom. Troubled by the horrors inflicted at the hands of Bhimsen, the citizens pleaded to the King.

Hearing the woes of his beloved citizens, King Vajrasen summoned Prince Bhimsen in private urging him to bring a positive change in self. But it was like pouring water over ducks as Prince Bhimsen only kept sinking deeper by increasingly inflicting his hatred and malice on others. Tired of seeing this, King Vajrasen imprisoned his own son. Misguided by his ill-advising companions, the Prince murdered his own parents, thus becoming the King. King Bhimsen drowned himself in the evil vices and deliberately harassed the citizens of the Shravasti.

Weary of seeing all the wrongdoing of Bhimsen, the royal advisors, ministers and family members started discussing a solution to dethrone the unfit King & bring an end to all of this. They made a plan, held Bhimsen captive and left him in a deep forest, thus dethroning him. Jaysen, the younger brother was then elected to take over the throne. An astute, prudent and citizen-beloved Jaysen soon saw his coronation as King Jaysen.

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YJP Update

On October 5, 2018, Young Jain Professionals (YJP) held its second keynote National Conference in Melville, New York - a one of a kind conference designed to connect Jain professionals around the world while diving into our Jain heritage.


A 1: Taking food and water four hours and thirty minutes after the sunrise.

Q 2: Taking food and water six hours after the sunrise.

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