06.10.2017 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 06.10.2017
Updated on: 07.10.2017

Jain Center of Southern California

In this Issue:

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Dignitary Visits and Shibirs
  • JCSC Calendar 2018
  • Diwali Program
  • Gyan Panchmi
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Other News & Events

Ongoing Programs - Oct 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

10/20 (New Year)

 9:00 AM

Monthly Bhavna Bhakti


 7:30 PM

JSG Group B Adult Swadhyay Class* in Gujrati

10/15, 10/29


JCYC & JSG Pathshala / Adult Swadhyay / Sutra Class 

10/8, 10/22

 9:40 AM

Webcast of Discourses by
Shri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Aradhana Hall

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



  • 10/20 - Kothari, Shreedhar & Rupa, Suketu & Sejal - Punyatithi of Shakuntalaben Arvindkumar
  • 10/28 - Modi & Shah family - Punyatithi of Arunaben Rajnikant Modi

* 10/20 being New Year Day,please ask for another tithi of your choice.

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


  • Diwali Program - 10/18 - 10/20
  • Gyan Panchami - 10/25



Dignitary Visits and Shibirs


To be announced



JCSC Calendar - 2018


This year we intend to publish and print the calendar, well in time to distribute during Diwali, Oct 19 (Mahavir Nirvan Din) & Oct 20 (New Year)

The subject will be the artistic new 'Chhod's" that have been custom made for our center in various prints and colors,displayed during Ujamanu Celebration.
The 12 month, 2018 calendar will be distributed freely to all members as well as non members as also to people visiting our center.

The Jain calendar will include tithi's, sun rise & sunset times of Los Angeles, major events of our Jain center, ongoing programs, Pathshala and Swadhyay schedules, Tirthankar Bhagvan's Kalyanaks, details of families sponsoring tithi's and other valuable information. We are looking for $501 sponsorship for each page similar to present calendar. We would like to thank you all for your support.

For further details please contact Dr Mahendra Shah at 714-757-9490 or at mahendra.shah@jaincenter.net



Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra Rachna Din Program At JCSC - Oct 6, 2017


On the occasion of Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra Rachna Din (Aaso Vad Ekam), we will have Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandra  Bhakti in JCSC Aradhana Hall on Friday, October 6th, 2017 from 8.30 PM to 10.00 PM

The agenda is:
1. Navkaar Mantra
2. Mangalacharan
3. Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra Recital 
4. Bhakti pads by Mumukshus
5. Kshamapana
6. Aarti
7. Mangal Divo
8. Aho Aho Shri Sadguru
9. He Param Krupalu Dev

If you would like to sing a Bhakti pad, please inform any of the following by Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in order to plan the program appropriately. 



Diwali Program At JCSC - Oct 18 - 20, 2017


Diwali has a very special significance in Jainism. It marks the anniversary of Nirvana or liberation of Mahavira's soul. Mahavira attained Moksha (liberation) on this day at Pawapuri on 15 October 527 BC, on Chaturdashi of Kartika. The chief disciple of MahaviraGanadhara Gautam Swami also attained Kevala Jñāna thus making Diwali a very important Jain festival. On Diwali morning Nirvan Ladoo is offered after praying to Lord Mahavira in all Jain temples across the world. The most important principle of Jains is Ahinsa or non violence, thus they tend to avoid firecrackers. Diwali is celebrated in atmosphere of austerity, simplicity, serenity, equity, calmness, charity, philanthropy and environment consciousness. Jain temples, homes, offices, shops are decorated with lights and diyas. Relatives distribute sweets to each other. In temples and homes, devotees sing and chant hymns and mantras from Jain religious texts in praise of the Tirthankar. 

The Jain year starts with Pratipada, the day after Diwali.

We will celebrate Diwali at Jain Center as per the program below:


Wed,18th Oct, 2017 - Mantra Sadhana Din

Aso Vad 14 - Kali Chaudas Pratikraman in Aradhana Hall at 5:30 PM

Thurs,19th Oct, 2017 - Mahavirswami Nirvan Din 

Aso Vad Amas -- Diwali

7:30 - 9:30 AM Laddu puja followed by Abhishek and different pujas in Derasar

7:30 - 9:30 PM  Bhakti Bhavna, Aarti & Mangal Divo in Derasar

10:00 PM -12 AM  Mahavirswami Nirvan Jaap in Aaradhana Hall

Thurs,19th Oct, 2017 - 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Shree Mahavirswami Nirvan Din - Bhavna Bhakti

On Shri Mahavirswami Nirvan day of Diwali celebrations, Oct 19, 2017, Anis Chandani, Sangeet Visharad with JCSC Group will give us a stunning show of faith and devotion through Bhakti Bhavna of musical melodies at Jain CenterAnis Chandani has been performing for 25+ years and has performed all over the world.He has worked with many Bollywood singers and music directors over the years. He is now residing in the LA area and teaching music to next generation of kids. Our own Anjal Parmar is learning under his guidance. He is fluent in many instruments and he will lead the Diwali Bhakti Bhavana at Jain Center.

Watch a glimpse of his skills on the youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4BZUbPFruI)

Fri, 20th Oct, 2017- New Year

Kartik Sud 1 - Gautamswami Keval Gyan Din

4:00 AM onwards - Gautamswami Kevalgyan Jaap in Aaradhana Hall

6:30 AM: Toran Bandhan, Dwar Opening 

7:30 AM: Manglik in Cultural Hall 

8:30 AM: Asthprakari Puja-- One Puja for each Idol - total 5 All Panchdhatu Pratima Puja 

9:30 AM: Snatrapuja, Aarti, Mangal Divo, Shanti Kalash, Gautamswami Aarti 

8:30 -10:30 AM: Sadharmik Bhakti - Navkarshi by Sponsorship with Nakro of $2,001(including food), $201(excluding food). 

Please note: Aadesh for Gheebolis of New Year (Oct 20) will be given on Thurs, Oct 19 during Bhavna Bhakti.

2018 Calendar will be distributed during these days, please don't forget to collect your copy.

NOTE: Anybody interested in doing Prabhavana on Thursday 10/19 evening and/or Sadharmic Bhakti (Navkarsion Friday 10/20 morning contact: Dr Mahendra Shah at (714)757-9490 or at drmcshah@hotmail.com




Gyan Panchmi Program - Oct 25, 2017


Gyan Panchmi is celebrated 5 days after Diwali and is also known as Laabh Pancham. 

It is the day of appreciating acquired/collected knowledge in every form and holy books. 

A lot of people also observe fast by keeping silence (Maun). 

This is an auspicious day for those who want to start Pancham with Fasting

This year Gyan Panchmi is on Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017

We will have Gyan Pujan and Gautam Swami Sthapana at Derasar at 9:30 AM for anyone who wishes to perform Puja. Dev Vandan will follow after Puja.



Wellness Challenge - Do Not Drink Any Caffeine


For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to “Not Drink Any Caffeine." Caffeine, found in many edible and potable products such as coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate, is actually a psychoactive drug.  These types of drugs affect the body’s central nervous system.  Caffeine, for example, stimulates the nervous system, speeding up its various processes such as motor movement and respiration.  If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.  



Other News & Events


1) Girnar Maha Tirth Yatra - Jan 20 - 30, 2018

As you know, Girnar 99 Prakari Puja was performed at various Jain Centers (Southern California, Northern California, Chicago and Boston) last year. At that time, several people suggested to organize a Girnar Yatra for US based Jains. As a result, JAINA and Girnar MahaTirth Vikas Samiti have jointly organized this Yatra from January 20 to January 30, 2018. The Yatra will start from and conclude in Ahmedabad. Here, it is important to note that PP Shri Hemvallabhsuri Maharaj Saheb who has dedicated his entire life for Girnar Tirth has developed the overall framework of this Yatra. He has been providing us valuable insight, guidance and help to make this a memorable uplifting experience...!

Attached please find the Yatra Program.

  • Please CLICK HERE for the Flyer on the Yatra Update from JAINA.
  • Please CLICK HERE for the Flyer on Girnar Shatrunjay Yatra 2018
  • Please CLICK HERE for the Flyer for the Girnar Yatra Package
  • Please CLICK HERE for additional write up about Opportunity Cost
  • Please CLICK HERE for Girnar Excerpts from Scriptures.

Here are the main features of this yatra:

1. Anant Kalyanak Bhumi (Girnar) and Anant Siddha Bhumi (Shatrunjay) combined with their respective Panch Tirthi.

2. This Panch Tirthi also includes five (5) Prachin Tirths of 108 Parsvanath such as Mangarol, Chorwad, Prabhas Patan, Ajahara and Diu.

3. Dharmic Anusthans included are: Girnar 99 Prakari Puja, 108 Parsvanath Maha Pujan, Shatrunjay 99 Prakari Puja and Shatrunji River Aarti & Bhakti

4. Stay at Leo Resort, Junagadh (3 nights), Krishna Park Resort, Diu (3 nights) and Aagam Mandir New Blocks, Palitana (4 nights).

5. The yatra will be conducted by Patani Tours of Mumbai.

In the spirit of Tirth Seva and Prabhu Bhakti - I trust, you will take advantage of this unique opportunity available to you and inspire others as well...! 

If you can't join us for this yatra then at least spread a word and wish to go there once in future...!

For further questions you can call Pulin Shah on (860) 357-1444.

2) Update on the Anaheim Health Fair held on Sept 23, 2017

In it’s 11th year Organizers held 12th Anaheim Health Fair (AHF) on September 23 & 24, 2017. Every year number of people registering online is going up, this year more than 200 had preregistered. For the first time there were over 225 volunteers who registered online! If anything, it indicates that patients and volunteers look forward to this annual event and are more cognizant of using online services.

Another First (Citizenship) - we had partnered with OCCORD (Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development) and arranged a simultaneous clinic for Citizenship! We helped 327 people to apply for US Citizenship on Saturday, September 23rd (the clinic was for only one day). OCCORD did a phenomenal job in offering this free services, they had over 200 volunteers!

Organizers the City of Anaheim. GBS Linens, Anekant Community Center and Lestonnac Free Clinic had treated 875 people over the weekend. People traveled hours to get their teeth removed &/or get medical checkup &/or get a pair of Eye Glasses - all for free!

This was the twelfth AHF, an annual event from 2007. Over 250 volunteers poured their hearts in serving the underprivileged that very patiently waited as the lines were long especially for blood tests, dental treatment and eye glasses. This time 3 volunteers had flown in from Texas and Wisconsin and two had travelled from far just to come and help! While many contributed GBS Linens, Masimo Foundation, Sarva Mangal Family Trust, Wal-Mart, Drs. Bharat & Neena Patel Foundation, Brown Bag Brigade (they provide breakfast and lunch to all Volunteers and also snacks to all participants and have been doing it with a smile year after year!), and were major sponsors.  Walmart partnered with us again and will provide eyeglasses to over 300 patients, thanks to Lions Club we were able to give away around 141 pairs of eyeglasses onsite this year! Wal-Mart’s pharmacists helped administer 240 flu shots, which were given to us by Orange County Health Authority. 313 patients received dental treatment onsite (extractions, feelings &/or cleaning).

Dr. Nitin Shah welcomed sponsors, Mayor of City of Anaheim, Staff of City of Anaheim, all Medical and non-medical volunteers at 11:10 am on Saturday for a brief ceremony. Mayor welcomed all and appreciated all sponsors and volunteers, Mahesh Wadher, President of Anekant Community Center thanked all for their selfless service to mankind. Ed Gerber, Executive Director of Lestonnac Free Clinic explained the benefits of such an event to needy people. Past Anaheim City Councilman Harry Sidhu who brought AHF to the city was recognized for his vision that has continued to help hundreds of people year after year! Dr. Shah in conclusion especially thanked and appreciated all patients who had come from near and far with faith in the professionals providing services. He ended with a quote of Happiness - “True Happiness comes from Serving Unknowns".

Besides dental and vision care all patients’ vital signs (BP, heart rate etc.) were measured. More than 1385 blood tests (550 glucose, 430 Lipid profile, or 225 Cholesterol and 180 HgbA1c), 82 Bone Density assessment tests,  39 Mammograms, 31 Pap smears, and 140 EKGs were  performed. 240 flu shots were given and Yoga demonstrations were held, Chiropractors treated about 210 people while 190 people benefited from Acupuncture.     

Mr. Walt Dannenberg, Director of Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center spent couple of hours watching dental procedures, blood tests, how eye glasses nos. are determined. All in all 11th Anaheim Health Fair was a very gratifying event. We appreciate patients’ trust and volunteers’ selfless service.

New medical services this year included free “Hands on” only CPR training, Sleep disorder check up and Posture screening! People appreciated increasing no. of services under one roof - AHF actually has become One Stop Shop for many clinical services and of course all for FREE.

Please CLICK HERE for some pictures.

3) Panch Kalyanak Puja at Valley Hindu Temple at Northridge

On Behalf of all Jain devotees we would like to invite Sakalsangh to “Panch Kalyanak Puja "on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Valley Hindu Temple, 18700 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA.

The Puja will be from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM followed by Swamivatsalya Dinner.

Please RSVP at getnirmaljain@hotmail.com or manishkj@gmail.com 

4) Young Jain Professional Retreat 2017

Registration is now OPEN for the 2017 Young Jain Professional National Retreat in San Jose, California

With guest speakers, activities and discussions geared towards exploring how as individuals we contribute to being Part Of A Whole, it will also be an opportunity to grow your network both professionally and personally. 

Join us from October 27th to October 29th as we explore and celebrate our differences while coming together to build a unified Jain Community.

Click here for more information


Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California

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