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Posted: 17.09.2015

Jain Center of Southern California

Ongoing Programs | Sep 2015




Start Time

Daily Asthprakari Puja


 7:30 AM

Aarti-Mangal Divo


 8:15 PM


 7:30 PM


Daily in the morning


Chaudus Pratikraman


 6:30 PM (weekday)

 6:00 PM (weekend)

Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap

9/19 - First Saturday  Of   Lunar Month

 9:00 AM

Monthly Bhavna Bhakti


 7:30 PM

Weekly evening Swadhyay

Every Mon - Thurs

No Swadhyay from 9/10 - 9/27

 8:30 PM

Shri Adhyatmsar Granth


 By Girishbhai

Choud Gunasthanak


 By Hasendrabhai

Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrut


 By Rameshbhai

Shri Yogshatak Granth


 By Girishbhai

Please see latest information about Paryushan and Das Lakshana events in the special e-mail​ that was sent out on September 7th.​ These Paryushan and Das Lakshana events replace Ongoing Programs from September 10th - 27th.



Upcoming Events


  • Thursday - Thursday, Sept 10 - Sept 17 |  Paryushan - Shri Shrenikbhai Shah (Lectures in Gujarati)
  • Thursday - Thursday, Sept 10 - Sept 17 | Paryushan - Dr. Dicky Shah (9/10/15) and ​Harshadbhai Maniar (other days) ​ (Evening lectures in English)
  • Please view all details about Paryushan and Das Lakshana 2015, including Gheeboli & Nakro items, in the ​email that was sent separately on September 7th.
  • Friday - Sunday, Sept 18 - Sept 27 | Das Lakshana - Smt Kusumben Jain.


Thursdays (8 AM to 12 Noon) are street cleaning days on Los Robles Avenue.
Also do not park in REDWHITE or GREEN zones. Please follow all parking regulations. ​​Please ​follow the signs and do not park whe​re​ prohibited. 

  • Saturday, Sept 19, 12:39 PM onwards (Please note time change) - Monthly Snatrapuja and Asthaprakari Puja with detailed explanation.  

Well known Vidhikar and Scholar Shree Hiteshbhai Shah will give detailed explanation   and understanding of Asthaprakari Puja. It would be a great opportunity for all to understand the meaning and purpose of all Pujas we perform.

  • Nakro for Snatrapuja (not including Asthaprakari Puja)- $101
  • For Asthprakari puja   Boli
  • Asthaprakari puja for your private idols will be performed during the same time, no nakro for that. You can participate with private idols and contribute for usage of Dravya and Kshetra of Derasar.
  • Puja will be followed by Swamivatsalya dinner. Sponsorship is available.
  • Please RSVP for Swamivatsalya dinner​ using the following link: http://jaincenter.org/rsvp.php?event_id=148

Rituals in Jainism:

The most important rituals among Jains are worship of idols:
1) Daily Puja or Worship 
2) Special (Parva) Puja or Worship
Daily worship of idols: Puja, Vandan, Kirtan, and Aarti.

In Puja we worship the idol with eight fold offerings. Each puja has specific significance. There are eight karmas and to destroy eight karmas we perform eight kinds of Pujas.

Aang Puja:

  • 1: Jala (Water) Puja: Water symbolizes the ocean. Every living being continuously travels through Ocean of birth, life, death, and misery. This puja reminds that one should live the life with honesty, truthfulness, love and compassion towards all living beings. This way one will be able to cross the Life Ocean and attain Moksha or liberation. The path of liberation is Samyak Darshan, Samyank Jnan and Samyak Charitra in Jain religion.
  • 2: Chandan (Sandal-wood) Puja: Chandan symbolizes Knowledge (Jnan). During this puja, one should reflect on Right Knowledge. Right knowledge means proper understanding of reality which includes Soul, Karma, and their relationship. Jainsim believes that the Path of Knowledge is the main path to attain liberation. Bhakti or Devotion helps in the early stages of one’s effort for liberation.
  • 3: Pushpa (Flower) Puja: Flower symbolizes conduct. Our conduct should be like a flower, which provides fragrance and beauty to all living beings without discrimination. We should live our life like flowers with full of love and compassion towards all living being.

  • 4: Dhup (Incense) Puja: Dhup symbolizes ascetic life. While burning itself, Dhup provides fragrance to others. Similarly true monks and nuns spend their entire life selflessly for the benefit of all living beings. This puja reminds that one should thrive for an ascetic life which ultimately leads to liberation.
  • 5: Deepak (Candle) Puja: The flame of Deepak represents a Pure Consciousness or a Soul without any bondage or a Liberated Soul. In Jainsim, such a soul is called Siddha or God. The ultimate goal of every living being is to become liberated from karma. By doing this puja, one should thrive to follow Five great Vows: Non-violence, Truthfulness, Non-stealing, Chastity, and Non- possession. Ultimately these proper conducts couple with right faith and knowledge will lead to liberation.
  • 6: Akshat (Rice) Puja: The household rice is the kind of grain seeds, which are non- fertile. One cannot grow rice plants by seeding the household rice. Symbolically it means that rice is the last birth. By doing this puja one should thrive to put all the efforts in the life in such a way that this life becomes one’s last life and after the end of this life one will be liberated and will not be reborn again.
  • 7: Naivedya (Sweet) Puja: Naivedya symbolizes a tasty food. By doing this puja, one should thrive to reduce or eliminate the attachment to tasty food. Healthy food is essential for survival, however one should not live to eat a tasty food. Ultimate aim in one’s life is to attain a life where no food is essential for our existence and that is the life of liberated soul, who lives in Moksha forever in ultimate bliss.
  • 8: Fal (Fruit) Puja: Fruit symbolizes Moksha or Liberation. If we live our lives without any attachments to worldly affair, continue to perform our duty without any expectation and reward, be witnessed to all the incidents that occurred surrounding to and within us, truly follow ascetic life, and have a love and compassion to all living beings, we will attain fruit of Moksha or liberation. This is the last puja symbolizing the ultimate achievement of our life. In the end we adorn the idol- Call Aangi- usually very attractive, creates good bhav during Darshan.

Bhav Puja:

After the idol worship is done, we do bhav puja, recite studies, do chaitya vandan etc. All the ceremonies help us in two ways. First, we feel happy, our heart experiences an internal joy. Secondly, it helps in destroying kashayas, plant seeds of good qualities in us and destroy many karmas. Understanding the meaning of all sutras certainly helps us in increasing bhava, joy and instead of a ritual, it becomes a daily necessity.




Life Time Tithis


  • 9/16 Gala Rajeev & Darshana - Punyatithi of Shital Gala (Daughter of Shantilal & Rajul Gala)
  • 9/20 Shah Jagrut & Darshana - Birthday of Mahika Shah
  • 9/23 Modi & Shah Family - Birthday of Nagindas Modi
  • 9/27 Shah Kaushal & Bhavi - For their sister Purviben Shah

Send a photograph of your loved one to Narendra Maniar at n_maniar(at)yahoo.com. Please contact Ketan Parekh at Ketan.Parekh(at)JainCenter.net for information or questions.

Note: ​During JCSC events,​ ​Paryushan and Das Lakshana parv, laabh for Paxal puja,​ ​Asthprakari puja and evening Aarti/Mangal divo will be given as per nakro/boli.

​Life Time Tithi family can participate for that or can ask for ​an​other​ day for​ Tithi.



Dignitary Visits / Shibirs


  • Thursday,Sept 10 -Thursday Sept 17 | Shri Shrenikbhai Shah for Paryushan Mahaparv. Wednesday, Sept 16 - Dr Kusum​ben​ Jain (lecture in Hindi)
  • Friday, Sept 18- Sunday Sept 27| Smt Dr Kusumben Jain for Das Lakshana Mahaparv
  • Saturday -Sunday, Sept 19 -20| Shri Hiteshbhai Shah for Anushthan & 18 Abhisheks.




DasLakshana Lectures By Dr Kusumben Jain


Dr. Kusum Jain will be giving lectures during all the 10 days of Das Lakshana on various topics. Her lectures will be in very easy to understand Hindi / English. For the convenience of youth, the lectures on Saturday & Sunday will be in English. The topics of her lectures are given below:

We request as many people who can, to listen to the lectures by visiting the temple as per the schedule below. If you cannot make it to the temple, The lectures will be streamed live on Jain Center Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/JCSCLive) as well as by phone bridge.

Lecture schedule is given below (subject to change):


Day & Date







Fri, Sep 18


8:30 - 10:00 PM


Kshma-Forgiveness, Indian Philosophical Traditions & Jainism



Sat, Sep 19


10:00 AM - 12


Mardava-Modesty, Terrorism & Non-Violence



Sun, Sep 20


10:00 AM - 12


Arjava-Straight forwardness, Bio-ethics & Jainism



Mon, Sep 21


8:30 - 10:00 PM


Shaucha-Purity, Bio-ethics & Jainism



Tue, Sep 22


8:30 - 9:30 PM


Satya-Truth, Anekantvada



Wed, Sep 23


8:30 - 9:30 PM


Sanyam-Self Restraint, Environmental Ethics & Jainism



Thu, Sep 24


8:30 - 9:30 PM


Tapa-Austerity, Human Rights & Jainism



Fri, Sep 25


8:30 - 9:30 PM


Tyaga-Renunciatoin, Alternative Therapy



Sat, Sep 26


10:00 AM - 12


Akinchanya-Non-Attachment, Karma Theory



Sun, Sep 27


10:00 AM - 12


DIgambar Puja



A brief write up about Dr Kusumben Jain is also given below.

Dr. Kusumben Jain is a renowned scholar of Jain Philosophy and recently retired as the Director, Center of Advanced Study in Philosophy, University of Rajasthan, and Jaipur. She has taught philosophy for the last 37 years and had been the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Director, and P.G. School of Humanities and was also the Principal of Maharanis College, Jaipur, a prestigious Women's college, under the Rajasthan University. She has been guide/supervisor for more than 50 Ph. D and M. Phil theses, many of which are on various aspects of Jain Philosophy.

A fluent speaker in English and Hindi, she has been invited to deliver lectures on Philosophy in general and Jainism in particular on subjects such as Anekantvada, Syadvada, Nayavada, Purushartha, Jain Moral Philosophy, Dharma Shastra and Women Rights, Terrorism and Non-Violence, Bio-Medical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, etc. at various conferences throughout the world. She has represented India at various international conferences and seminars in Vancouver, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa (Canada), Tokyo-Japan, Florida & Massachusetts, USA, Krakow, Poland etc.

Born and brought up in Jaipur (India), she completed her M. Phil with a thesis on Jain theory of Syadvada. She received her Ph. D degree in Philosophy from Univ. of Ottawa, Canada, and Post - Doctoral work at Univ. of Vienna, Austria. She is editor of the Journal of Foundational Research and has written and published 8 books on topics such as Human Rights, Roots of Terrorism, Bio-Ethics, and Alternative Model of Development etc. Several of her research articles are published in prestigious national and international Journals.

Lectures will be conducted in Hindi and English languages. 




Wellness Challenge: Meditate For 15 Minutes Everyday


For the upcoming weekly challenge we are challenging the participants to "meditate for 15 minutes every day.” To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day! Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms. For more information and to participate in the challenge, click here.




YouTube Links For Paryushan 2015 At JCSC


Please see the links below for Live Webcast and past events.​

To access live webcast, click on the following link:

Select "Videos" and in the drop down menu on the left select "Live Stream"
If some thing is being streamed live, you will see words "Live Now" in a red box. If not, you may select any pre-recorded events by Date or Title.

Here are the direct links to the recorded webcast for each event by day.

Day 1

Day 2

 Day 3
PM-Cultural Program
To be uploaded later





Vipin Vadecha
for the office of Public Relations

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