28.07.2017 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 28.07.2017

Jain Center of Southern California

In This Issue

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Upcoming Events
  • YJA Kids Camp - 7/28 - 7/30
  • Heritage Seminar - 8/6
  • Mentor on Road - 08/6
  • Guidelines for Cultural Program
  • Volunteers Required during Paryushan Mahaparv
  • Dasnihka Mahotsav - 8/18 - 8/27
  • Ashtapad Puja - 8/27
  • Lecture by Rajesh Dhruva
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance
  • Other

Ongoing Programs - Jul-August 2017




Start Time

Daily Ashtprakari Puja


 7:30 AM 

Aarti-Mangal Divo


 8:15 PM


 7:30 PM


Daily in the morning


Chaudas Pratikraman


 6:30 PM (Weekday)
6:00 PM (Weekend)

Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap

(First Saturday of Lunar Month), 7/29

 9:00 AM

Monthly Bhavna Bhakti


 7:30 PM

JSG Group B Adult Swadhyay Class* in Gujrati






Weekly Evening Swadhyay

Every Monday To Thursday


Adhyatmasar Swadhyays


By Girishbhai
(8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)

14 Gunasthanak


By Hasendrabhai
(8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)

Shrimad Rajchandra Vachnamrut


 By Rameshbhai
(8.30 PM to 10:00 PM)

Yogshatak Swadhyays


By Girishbhai
(8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)




Life Time Tithis


  • 7/27 Shah, Abhaybhai & Family (Jigar Shah) - Punyatithi of Jitendrabhai Harilal
  • 8/02 Ajmera Punita - Punyatithi of Tansen Ajmera 
  • 8/08 Mehta Dhaval & Chhaya -For Shardaben Mehta
  • 8/16 Doshi Hemendra & Rekha - For Shantaben Kasturilal Doshi
  • 8/24 Mehta Manilal & Savitaben - For Bhavanlal and Champaben Mehta
  • 8/28 Shah Mukundray & Nalini - For Naliniben Shah
  •    8/24 and 8/28 being JCSC events,Paryushan & Das lakshana,please select any other 
    available date or celebrate with announced nakro/ghee boli on those days

Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12@yahoo.com.
Please contact Ketan Parekh at ketan.parekh@jaincenter.net for information, questions or any pledges.




Upcoming Events


  • Heritage Seminar - Sun, 8/6 - 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Mentor on Road - Tue, 8/8 - 6:00 PM
  • Dasanihka Mahotsav - Fri - Sun, 8/18 - 27
  • Ashtapadji Puja - Sun, 8/27




YJA Kids Camp - Fri - Sun, Jul 28 - 30, 2017


Kids ages 8-18, come join us at the 1st Annual Jain Youth Camp at Siddhachalam!!! Supported by JAINA's Long Range Planning Committee and YJA, this camp is perfect for elementary, middle and high school students!Come make new friends, learn a little about Jain dharma and have a great time! We will have interactive sessions on topics such as Ahimsa, Anekantvad and avoiding conflicts, as well as play games and activities!

Parents, register your kids today for an end of the summer camp that they will never forget! We only have spaces for the first 75 kids, so sign up fast.!!!!

The website to sign up is www.yja.org/kidscamp

Kids from all over the US and Canada are invited with locals from NY, NJ, CT, MA, MD, VA and Washington DC especially encouraged toparticipate. Everyone can look forward to Jain Pathshala sessions,sports, games and more.

Register soon and we will see you there!!!!

If you have any questions, please email kidscamp@yja.org




Heritage Seminar On "Happiness, Wellness & Mindfulness For Better Life" - Sun, Aug 6, 2017


Anekant Community Center along with the Indian American Senior Heritage are  happy to announce a Seminar "Happiness, Wellness & Mindfulless for a Better Life" at the Jain Center Of Southern California.This seminar will have special emphasis on the Art of Adjustment and Acceptance. It will focus on how to cope with Disaster, Depression, Frustration, Stress Management, Yoga and Meditation.

The details are as follows:

  • When: Sun- Aug 6, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Where: JCSC Auditorium

Please CLICK HERE for the flyer.

For any further details please contact:

  • Ilaben Mehta @ 714 662 5587
  • Ramilaben Shah @ 626 357 9888




Mentor On Road Interaction Program - Tue, Aug 8, 2017


JCSC along with the Anekant Community Center is happy to host the Mentor On Road Interaction Program at the Jain Center, Buena Park.

The details are as follows:

  • Where: Jain Center Of Southern California, Buena Park
  • When: August 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Etihad Airways have offered them Two Free Round trip tickets to India from USA for Raffle. Raffle is free, participants interested will have to fill up their frequent flyer program! Mentor on Road USA organizers will draw the winners at the end of their USA tour!

Please CLICK HERE for the flyer.

For any further questions please contact Dr Nitin Shah at nitinshahmd(at)gmail.com or on 1-562-244-9035




Guidelines For Cultural Program Participation During Paryushan Mahaparv.


During the auspicious days of Paryushan with the Dasanihaka Mahotsav this year, we would like your participation in the upcoming Cultural Program on Sunday, Aug 20, 2017.

Performances can be in the form of a song, dance, instrumental music, Drama/Skit, or any other gig, with no age limit and no minimum number of participants requirement. Anybody (Children and/or Adults) can participate as a solo or in a group performance. There will be no audition or Dress Rehearsals.

*The only requirement is that it has to be based on Jain philosophy/teachings and has to be within a reasonable performance time.

If interested, please email your entry with performance details and contact information to:




Volunteers required during Paryushan Mahaparv Celebrations at JCSC


The Jain Center Of Southern California will be having the Paryushan Mahaparv Program from 8/18 to 8/27. We would need Volunteers to help with the conducting of this great event at our Jain Center. Please be kind enough and participate and be a part of the team to help out during the celebration.

Please call or text Pinal Doshi at 562-644-3457

We will also have a Cultural Program on 8/20 in the evening any one interested in performing a dance or skit please call:




Dasanihka Mahotsav during Paryushan Mahaparv - Fri - Sun, Aug 18 - 27, 2017


Dasanihka Mahotsav with Paryushan Mahaparv - August 18 -27                                  

UDYAPAN - UJAMANU" (Celebration of Completing a Distinguished Austerity)


Celebration as Dasanihaka Mahotsav will be from August 18-27,during and after
Paryushan,which will include two major events like "Chhod" and "Murti" making & 
installation,Procession and Asthapadji puja. For both events JCSC has received a
very good response from community

'Udyapan' is the ceremony of expressing a feeling of gratitude towards 'DEV - GURU

for having been able to complete an austerity or any spiritual activity successfully without any impediments. 

Commonly this is called 'Ujamana' or 'Ujavana'. This ceremony is performed by Donating/Giving Away those articles which are useful for the Temple;

articles useful for the dissemination of Knowledge; and also those things which may be used by our Sadhu Bhagwants and Sadhviji Maharaj. 

The ceremony comprises of the Exhibition and the Donation/Giving Away of these articles relating to the "Temple", "Knowledge", and "Sadhu Bhagwants/Sadhviji Maharaj". 

The joyous devotees offer after the completion of their Vows, an Ornamental Canopy with the Velvet Back Curtain embroidered with gold and silver threads design 

which is usually used for the image (Pratima) of Bhagawan in the temples and for the Platform, which is used for delivering the sermon (Vyakhyan/Vachana)

by Acharya Bhagawants. This is known as "CHHOD"..

As a part of celebration, JCSC will also be ordering different baskets depicting 'Gnyan', 'Darshan' and 'Charitra' upakarans which will be available for a Nakro of $101. 

Some of the themes of "CHHOD" are described here:

  1. Sayyam: Diksha-Anumodana.
  2. Tap Anumodana:  Navapadaji Ayambil Olee, Atthaee, More than 8 Upavas, MasKshaman, Vis Sthanak, Karma Sudan, Varshitap, Parshwanath Ekasana etc.
  3. Tirth Bahuman: Shatrunjaya, Shankheshwar, Giranarji, SametShikharaji, Ashtapadji etc.
  4. Ratnatray Bahuman (Gnyan, Darshan, Charitra): 45 Aagam, Gnyan Panchami, Aagam Purush, Sarasvati Devi, Gnyan Varadatta Gunmanjari etc.
  5. Puja, Pujan, Yantra: Siddhachakra, Vis Sthanak, Ashtapadaji, 45 Aagam, Bhaktamar etc.
  6. Mantra: Navakar Mantra, Bij Mantra etc.
  7. Paranu: Varshitap, Upadhan Tap, 14 Dreams etc.
  8. Miscellaneous: Ashta Pratiharya, Samovasaran, Kalp Vruksha, Madhubindu, Moksha, Six Leshya, Dharma Chakra etc.

JCSC will celebrate 'Udyapan'/'Ujamanu' during our Paryushan Mahaparva celebration of 2017, as "Dasahnika Mahotsava" from August 18-27. 

There also will be "Asthapadaji Puja" with grand replica of "Ashtapadaji and Twenty Four Tirthankars" which will be conducted by Vidhikar Hiteshbhai on Sunday, August 27.

For details and/or any questions, please contact: Dr. Mahendra Shah at 714-757-9490 or e-mail at drmcshah@hotmail.com




Ashtapad Pujan during Paryushan - Sun, Aug 27, 2017


Jain center of Southern California is planning to hold "Ashtapadji Puja" with memorable replica of "Ashtapad Tirth" and 24 Tirthankars, on Sunday, August 27 2017.

JCSC has planned to bring all 24 Tirthankars, made in pure marble and decent carving of 9 inch height Pratimajis from India.

Persons taking Labh of Pratimaji Bharavanu will carry the Pratimaji in the procession. 

Persons taking Labh of Pratimaji Sthapna will do the Pokhna, receive the Pratimaji, do the Sthapna on the Astapad and after the Pujan, install this Pratimaji in their house for ever.

18 Abhishek labh of these pratimaji’s, on Saturday August 26 2017 will be shared by families taking labh of Bharvanu and Sthapna. Two members from each family.

We are glad to inform you that we are receiving lot of pledges for Pratimaji Bharavanu and Pratimaji Sthapna. 

Also quite a few people have taken labh of both Pratimaji Bharavanu and Sthapna.

JCSC will announce details of Asthapadji Puja as the time comes.

Ashtapad Tirth is one of the five major Tirths in the Jain Religion.

It is supposed to be situated in the tranquil heights of snow clad Himalayas and is open to the skies.As per Jain scriptures, the first Tirthankar Bhagwan Rishabhdev had attained nirvana on the Ashtapad Mountain.His son Chakravarti King Bharat built the Astapad Tirth in crystal and gemstones as a memorial to commemorate the nirvana of Tirthankars.The name “Ashtapad” is derived from the fact that there are eight (Ashta) steps (Pad) leading to this Tirth.

We know about Gautamswami's supreme power/labdhi -ability to travel on the rays of sun-to get there,to feed Kheer from single bowl to 1500 aspirants and King of Lanka Ravan and his wife Mandodari also went for Ashtapad Yatra.

It is called Asthapad perhaps because there are eight mountain peaks. It is believed that Yatra to this Tirth guaranteed Moksha at the end of present life.

We will do Bhav Yatra on Asthapad with Asthapadji puja on August 27th,Sunday.

Other details or any inquiry contact Dr. Mahendra Shah at 714-757-9490 or drmcshah(at)hotmail.com




Lecture by Rajesh Dhruva - “FATCA and FEMA” taxation matters


Date: August 6, 2017 (Sunday)  
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am (event will start on-time)
Place: Jain Center of Southern California
8072 Commonwealth Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621
Location: Upstairs Class Rm #1 & #2.... no shoes allowed (Please leave your shoes downstairs in the shoes-storage room)
NOTE: This is an educational presentation and not a solicitation of any services





Wellness Challenge - Refrain from having Desserts and Sweets


For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to “Refrain from having Dessert and Sweets." Nutrition and medical experts agree that Americans eat too much sugar, and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend cutting back on the sweet stuff. If you reduce the amount of sugar you eat, you may have more energy, lose weight or stay at a healthy weight more easily. If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.  




Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance


Click here for more information






1. Shri Neminath Bhagwan Janma & Diksha Kalyanak | Girnar Yatra | Girnar Resources

Shri Neminath Bhagwan Janma Kalyanak | Friday July 28th  | Shravan Sud 5 
Shri Neminath Bhagwan Diksha Kalyanak | Saturday July 29th | Shravan Sud 6 

Clcik Here for Jaina Girnar Yatra Information

Click Here for Opportunity Cost

Clcik Here for Girnar Scriptures

2. Message from Shrimad Rajchandra - Dharampur

On behalf of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Los Angeles Center, I would like to thank all of you who supported us with donations to the hospital and helped us with ticket sales of Yugpurush drama. I hope many of you that attended the drama at the Dolby Theatre, had a wonderful experience. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the short feedback form.This will help us in planning the future events.

Link to Yugpurush feedback form: https://goo.gl/dNJNGP

3. The Next Generation of American Jains

Religion Environment of Indian and American Jain Youth:
Like any other immigrant communities, we Jain Americans are trying best to sustain our identity and working hard to ensure the next generation continues our Jain values, traditions, and rich heritage.
Growing up in India is a bit different. Jain youth by virtue of living in religious environments, attain knowledge of Jain religion and values from monks, elders, by visiting temples, listening to sermons, reading Jain literature, going on pilgrimage and through several other venues available to them.
It’s a bit different in America. In comparison, the environment for American Jains is religiously dilute. Unlike in India, Jains here are spread too thinly to offer our youth a conducive Jain environment necessary to sustain the Jain way of life. Also, the accessible resources are replaced by formidable barriers of distance, culture, language and surroundings.

Click Here for Information



Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California

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