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Jain Society of Pittsburgh celebrated Paryushan and Das Lakshana Parv with great enthusiasm.

On October 13th (Sharad Purnima), the Jain Society of Pittsburgh sponsored Bhakti Bhavna Program by the famous Khelaiya Group from Bombay, India. The group presented wonderful devotional songs that captivated the listeners in the bhakti of Bhagwan Parshwanath and Mahavir swami.

The temple was decorated with beautiful lights and colorful globes. The entrance way to Garbhdwar was made with shimmering fabrics. The Aangi of lord Parshwanath looked glorious, and immaculate Rangoli on the floor was created with fresh flowers. The temple looked like a Dev-Viman.

The entire Hindu-Jain community was invited. There were about 225 attendees. The blissful atmosphere of temple mesmerized everyone.

Jain Society of Pittsburgh celebrated Paryushan and Das Lakshana Parv with great enthusiasm.

During Paryushan, daily Asthprakari Puja, Chovihar, Aarti, and Pratikraman were performed. There were two lectures every day by Rupaben Shah Mumbai, India. On the day of Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, Snatra Puja was performed melodiously. Devotees pledged a donation for Jivdaya, Sadhrmik Vatsalya, and Swapna Darshan ghee boli. Sadhramik vatsalya was kept on this auspicious day. Mahavir goodie bags were passed out on the occasion of Nishal Garnu to the students. Samvatsaryi Pratikraman was done with great devotion, about 100 people participated. There was Tapasvi Bahuman and Bhavna after Pratikraman.




During this Paryushan, Jain Society of Pittsburgh (JSOP) had various religious activities. Every morning the temple held Samuh Navaang Puja and lectures by Arvindbhai Bhandari (from New Jersey) in the afternoon. Other topics for the week were Rahasya of Navaang Puja/ Aasthprakari Puja, Shatrunjay and Girnar tirth’s Mahtmya, Atma( know your own soul) and Kshamapna. Along with the members of Jain society of Pittsburgh, students from local universities and Penn State also participated in this auspicious celebration. There were about 6 people who did aththam, one person had five upvas, and one had 45 ekasanas.

Das Lakshan Parv was celebrated with same enthusiasm. They had Das Lakshan Puja at the beginning of the Parv and kshamavani puja was attended by approximately 80 people. Many of the members did tapsya during the ten days and observed one of the ten dharmas every day.

On September 29, the Sangh from New York (JCA) visited JSOP Temple for Chaityaparipati. The members of Jain Society gave them a warm welcome. We had Sangh Puja, Samuh Chaitya- Vandan, Aarti and Mangal-Divo. The delicious lunch (Sadhrmik Vatsalya) was served at the community hall.

This year, Jain Society of Pittsburgh celebrated Mahavir Janma Kalyanak on April 1st. The Snatra puja was the main aspect of the program. The Puja was performed by Shri Dipen Shah, the priests of Hindu Jain Temple Shri Suresh Joshiji on Harmonium and Shri Jagdishji on Tabla. The Snatra puja was performed with melodious devotion which created a divine atmosphere. The Puja was followed by Sadhrmik Vatsalya. There were 150 people present for the program.

Center President & JAINA Director
Center President

Vishal Shah
JAINA Director

Depen Shah
JAINA Director

Mahendra Shah
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615 Illini Dr.
Monroeville, PA 15146
Tel: 724-325-2073

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