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Posted: 07.03.2018

Jain Center of Southern California


YJA Convention Registration is OPEN



Registration for the 2018 YJA Convention is officially OPEN!

To celebrate YJA's 27th anniversary, the first 150 attendees that register will receive a $27 discount as a token of our appreciation for their commitment to YJA. Phase 1 begins now and continues until March 18th so don't delay as spots are limited!

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Shri Mahavir Janm Kalyanak - Actual Mar 29, 2018, Observed April 08, 2018




The auspicious event of the chyavan of Bhagwan Mahavira took place on the midnight of 6th day of the bright half of the month of Ashadh in the 544th year before the Vikram Era (600 B.C.) as His soul descended from the 10th devlok - Pranta.

King Siddhartha and Queen Trishla were blessed with the great fortune of being the parents of Bhagwan Mahavira. On the beautiful moonlit night, when Queen Trishla conceived Bhagwan, she saw 14 auspicious dreams

  1. An elephant
  2. A bull
  3. A lion
  4. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth
  5. A garland of flowers
  6. The moon
  7. The sun
  8. A flag
  9. A jar filled with water
  10. A lotus-lake
  11. An ocean
  12. A celestial, aerial car
  13. A heap of jewels
  14. Smokeless fire

The dream interpreters proclaimed that the dreams augured the birth of a Great One, a Tirthankar.

Mahavir Jayanti or Mahavir Janam Kalyanak occurs on the 13th day of the rising moon of Chaitra and is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Mahavira, the twenty fourth Tirthankara according to Jain mythology. He is the one who laid down the basic principles of Jainism. The five principles of Jainism as laid down by Lord Mahavira are: Satya or truth, Ahimsa or non- violence, Achaurya of not stealing anyone else’s possessions, Bramhacharya or non-indulgence in sexual intercourse and Aparigraha meaning not assembling unnecessary goods.

The auspicious day of Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated by Jains all over the world. Jains visit Jain temples, perform various kinds of Puja and fast on this day. Mahavir Jayanti is the greatest festival for the Jains. On this day people try to remember the teachings of Lord Mahavira and also make promises that they will not hurt anyone in the future; knowingly and unknowingly. The struggles and hardships faced by Lord Mahavira portray how great his individuality and his personality was.

Shri Mahavir Janm Kalyanak Celebration: March 29 (Actual) April 8 (Observed)

Please note that Shree Mahavir Janam Kalyanak Celebrations and General Body Meeting will take place on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

According to the lunar calendar, Bhagavan Mahavir was born on Chaitra Sud 13 which is on March 29th, 2018.

Shree Mahavir Janma Kalyanak will be celebrated at the Jain Center with its usual festivity and fervor on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

The program will be as follows:

Time /Program:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Snatra Puja (with Nakro of $101)

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Shree Mahavirswami Panch Kalyanka Puja (Total of 5 Pujas. Each Puja with nakro of $51.)

Gheeboli will be conducted for Asthprakari Puja, Aarti, Mangal Divo and Shanti Kalas

12:00pm - 2:00pm: Ekasana

02:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Children's Cultural Program and General Body Meeting

05:30 pm - 6:30 pm Swamivatsalya Dinner

Please note that dinner will be served till 6:30 pm so that everyone can finish dinner before sunset and avoid Ratri Bhojan.

Please RSVP ahead of time so we can make necessary arrangements. A separate email will be sent to RSVP.

For full or partial sponsorship of Ekasanas or Swamivatsalya Dinner, all are welcome.

Sponsorships are: Ekasana $701, Swamivatsalya Dinner $3,101

Please contact:

  • Chetana Sawla (For Puja matters) on 310-406-7403 or at chetnasawla@hotmail.com
  • Geetaben Khona (For Sponsorship) on 714-872-7283 or gkhona@gmail.com



Become a Life Member



Jai Jinendra,

Jain Center would like to invite all the community members, who are aspiring to become a life member, but due to one or other reason have yet not become the life member, as to take the advantage of this rare one-time opportunity to apply for a lifetime membership at a specially discounted amount of $ 351.00. Which is 30% savings from the usual amount of $ 501.00. This opportunity is being made available to first 108 paid applicants (must include cash or check or credit card information) only and on Sunday during Mahavir Janma Kalyanak celebration on April 8th, 2018.

There are many of benefits in becoming a life member and many new ones are being considered including admission to the JCYC classes at the discounted rate. Parents shall encourage their adult children to become life members, and yes they could donate this amount for their children to apply for life membership. According to the Jain Center constitution and governing by-law, there is a limit of a maximum addition of 10% new life members in a calendar year.



Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California

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