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Anjansalaka Pratimaji Pravesh & Pratishtha Ceremony on Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jai Jinendra Anjansalaka Pratimaji Pravesh - Pratishtha Ceremony Photo Album

Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters

Jain Center of America, NY is very happy to inform you that  Two Anjansalaka Panch Dhatu Pratimaji of Shri Bhagwan Adinath and Shri Bhagwan Shantinath, Pravesh and Pratishtha Ceremony will be performed on Sunday March 23,2014, Vikram Samvat 2070 fagan vadi satam, in Shri Bhagwan Mahavirswami Temple (Second Floor).

Anjansalaka Pratimaji arrived in NY on February.26,2014 and Parona Ceremony was successfully performed at JTNY, New Hyde Park. We thank  all at JTNY on Behalf of  Jain Center of America, NY for their help.

Pratishtha and Pravesh Ceremony on Sunday,March 23,2014 will be performed by Vidhikar Shri Nareshbhai S.Shah & Vidhikar Shri Sureshbhai Doshi.

We request all to be part of this auspicious ceremony and take Labh.

Following is the program details:  Program will start with Akhand Deepak, Kumbh Sthapana, Snatra Pooja from 8.30 AM to 10.00 AM

Sadharmiks  who have taken successful boli for Bharai of Shri Bhagwan Adinath and Shri Bhagwan Shantinath will get privilege to bring Pratimaji from JTNY, New Hyde Park  starting at 9.15 AM to  JCA Ithaca Street Temple arriving at 10. 00 AM.  

Bimb Pravesh from 10.00 AM to 11.00 AM at Ithaca Street  Temple

Sadharmiks who have taken successful boli for Pratimaji Pratishtha will have privilege to take Pratimaji from inside of Temple door to the second floor.

Adhar Abhishek : 11.00 AM to 1.30 PM

Pratishtha of Pratimaji: 1.30 PM to 2.00 PM

Swami Vatsalalya will start after Pratishtha of Pratimaji, 2.00 PM onward

Ashta Prakari Pooja, Aarti, Mangal Divo and Shanti Kalash: 2.00 PM to 3.00 PM

Following are updated Gheebolis as of today, Members can take Labh:


Ghee Boli

Boli Adinathji

Boli Shantinathji

1 Bhagwan Bharai 




2 Deepak and Kumbh Sthapna  




3 Sanghpati will do Tilak to Sangh




4 Pratimaji Pratishtha   




5 Ashta Prakari Pooja     




Following are Nakro starting today, members can take Labh:

1 Deepak-6 people   


2 Dhoop-6 people



Chamar-6 people


4 Danko-6 people



Akhand Dhara-2 people



Adhar Abhisek (Two Pratimaji) 3 to 15 Abhhisek 

1 & 2 Abhishek will be the privilege of Bharai  Boli Sadharmik 16,17&18 Abhishek will be the privilege of Pratishtha Boli Sadharmik


7 Swami Vatsalaya  labh ( Three Families ) 


There will bolis at Temple for Chandra Darshan, Surya Darshan, Aarti,Mangal Divo and Shanti Kalash.      

Your Participation in this auspicious ceremony will be greatly appreciated, please grace, support and help JCA.

All Bolis and Nakro should be emailed or by phone call to Manojkumar Mehta,

JCA Manager Email - JCAManager@yahoo.com Phone 718-478-9141

Boli and Nakro Adhesh will be given on

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 after 9.00 PM

Hope to see you all , Regards

Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Religious Committee

Jain Center of America, NY

Young Jains of America Presentation on Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Jai Jinendra!

YJA Presentation Photo Album YJA Presentation

Young Jains of America (YJA)  will be giving a presentation on their organization as well as details of the 2014 YJA Convention: "Young Jains: Today's Learners, Tomorrow's Leaders"  that will be held in Washington, DC during the July 4, 2014 weekend. The 11th bi-annual convention will have close to 1,000 Young Jains across the country attend spiritual and networking sessions over 3 days. The conventions is entirely planned, managed and executed by our young generation of Jains.

We request all our JCA Membership, our Board of Trustees and Executive Committee as well as our future generation of Jain leaders between the ages of 14-29 years to attend this presentation on Sunday | March 2, 2014 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm | 2nd Floor Sthanak Hall  | followed by Swamivatsalya. The YJA team will be there to answer any questions you may have concerning their organization and the convention.
Young Jains of America is an entity of Federation of the Jain Associations in North America (JAINA). YJA puts emphasis on projects relating to Jain youth from ages 14-29. YJA was first established in 1991, and held its first youth convention in 1994.
Throughout the years, YJA’s membership has grown substantially. Today, YJA serves over 10,000 members.  Our mission is to be recognized nationally and internationally as an umbrella Jain youth organization for establishing a network for and among youth to share Jain heritage and religion.
YJA Objectives:
To raise awareness about Jain ideals and principles in North America and the world.
To create a forum for sharing Jain religion.
To instill a sense of pride among youth about Jain heritage.
To address the problems, difficulties, and concerns facing Jain youth.
To assist and to promote charitable community activities.
To prepare youth, who ascribe to Jain values, to become successful leaders of tomorrow.
To develop friendships among the youth, who ascribe to Jain values, and.
To foster and strengthen local Jain youth groups.
Please try to attend this presentation and encourage your children to come... they are our future.
Jain Center of America
YJA Convention 2014
2014 YJA Convention
Jai Jinendra!
Young Jains of America would like to invite Jain youth
between the ages of 14 and 29 to the 2014 YJA Convention:
"Young Jains: Today's Learners, Tomorrow's Leaders."
Join us in Washington, D.C. from July 3rd-6th at the
Crystal Gateway Marriott. Attendees will hear from a
wide range of speakers, participate in engaging social events
and forge everlasting connections!
The 2014 YJA Convention: "Young Jains: Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders", will
inspire youth to apply the principles of Jainism in their lives. The participants will leave
the convention ready to impact the world as active leaders. By interacting with 
attendees of all ages, youth will learn how Jainism is a source of support at each
phase, from the teenage social network to a young graduate’s career.
Attendees will have the opportunity to connect, learn, and share their thoughts with one
another on a variety of subjects. Sessions, speakers, and new friends will all come
together to complete the learning experience through a variety of fun, innovative, and
interactive programming experiences; attendees will engage in a variety of activities
and sessions relating to ahimsa, aparigraha, anekantavada, developing leadership, and
working to improve the human condition.
With the help of donors such as yourself, YJA can cover various convention costs,
such as hotel accommodations and food for attendees, speakers and volunteers, travel
costs for diverse speakers and decorations for social events.
We greatly appreciate your help.
Daytime Programming Social Events JNF Events
Daytime Programming Social Events JNF Events
This convention will connect nearly 700 youth from across the globe. During the daytime sessions, attendees will hear from inspirational speakers who keep Jainism and its values alive in the hearts and minds of youth. In addition, this year will be the first time YJA introduces Jain Academic Bowl (JAB) to the convention. Get excited for some diverse sessions on Jain education, interfaith, lifestyle, college/careers, debates, games, and much more! Join us at the 2014 YJA Convention Social events for four days of reuniting with old friends and making new ones. Prepare for the Garba in the Gham, the first ever Jain Factor Talent Battle, and the Starry Night Gala. This is the place to be for the 4th of July weekend - a weekend the nation’s Capital you won’t forget.

Dining Experience
Attendees will be provided a variety of delicious Jain and vegan meals, from Mexican and Asian, to American and Italian.
Jain Networking Forum (JNF) is designed for Jains between the ages of 21 and 29 and has the goal of fostering professional relationships. JNF 2014 will provide attendees the opportunity to meet similar-minded individuals through interactive daytime sessions, while creating lasting connections with Jains that are successful in a variety of careers. Additionally, the unique social events will allow attendees to relax, mingle, and have an unforgettable experience.
2014 YJA Convention
Jai Jinendra !
Registration for the 2014 YJA Convention is now OPEN
and we want you  to be among the first to register!
Space is limited this year, so don't delay!
Click to Regester for the 2014 YJA Convention
Convention Details
Who: You and your friends (ages 14-29) interested in Jainism
When: Thursday, July 3rd - Sunday, July 6th
Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott
Located at  1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA
Registration Fees: Click for Registration Fees & Deadlines
1 out of the first 150 to register will win a brand-new iPad Air!
More Info: Please visit our Convention Website
Or e-mail reghelp@yja.org  - we're here to help!
Get Excited:

Anjansalaka Pratimaji on Wednesday, February 26,2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jai Jinendra

Jain Center of America, NY  is very happy to inform you that two nine inch ( 9") Anjansalaka Paach Dhatu Pratimaji  Sthapana will be done in Bhgawan Mahavirswami Temple Gabhara on second floor.

Anjansalaka ceremony  was performed in Mumbai, India for Pratimaji of Shri Bhagwan Adinath  and Shri Bhagwan Santinath. Shri Bhagwan Santinath Panch Dhatu Pratimaji was taken from JCA Gabhara to India to perform Anjansalaka. JCA will also be doing Sthapana of  an additional Anjansalaka  Panch Dhatu Pratimaji of Shri Bhagwan Adinath in Gabhara, purchased by JCA.

Vasantbhai and  Jaynaben  Mehta took all responsibility of this event and all related responsibilities,  including taking and bringing Pratimaji to JCA. They will be arriving along with two Pratimaji on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at JFK. 

On behalf of Jain Center Of America we thank them for their generous help.

Jain Temple of  NY, New Hyde Park has offered JCA to do Parona ceremony at JTNY center on Wednesday, February 26,2014 starting 2.30 PM. This religious ceremony  will be performed, prior to Grah Pravesh in JCA. Pratimaji will be taken directly to Jain Temple of NY, New Hyde Park from JFK on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Jain Center of America, NY appreciates JTNY help and thanks on behalf of JCA. 

Members are requested to attend this ceremony  at JTNY and take Labh.

Following are the program details:

Everyone can Participate, there will be Ghee bolis for Asthaprakari pooja, Aarti and Magal Devo. .

Pratimaji Pravesh  and Stapana ceremony details and date at JCA will be sent soon, so that all of you will have enough time to participate and take Labh of this very auspicious occasion at JCA.

Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Religious Committee requests all to take Labh.


Jain Center of America, NY

Policy for Navkar Mantra JAAP

Monday, February 10, 2014

Jai Jinendra

Members have requested clarification of the policy regarding conducting JAAP in JCA after death of their family member, relative or friend.

JCA Board of Trustees and Executive committee have agreed to the following policy:

1. JCA will allow any member to do Navkar Mantra JAAP in the memory of their family member, relative or a friend after death
2. JAAP can take place  only (15) fifteen days after death
3. JAAP for such matters only will take place in the JCA Basement
4. JCA will send email regarding this matter upon request from the member or family member
5.There will be no posting of this event on JCA notice Board on any floor
6.There will be no conveyance or announcements of any condolences in JCA in this event
7.No pictures/photo of anyone including Gurus/Scholars will be allowed to be displayed at the event
8.Such event can be held any day of the week except on Sunday after 3.00 PM only
9. No food will be allowed to be served in JCA on such event
10. JCA has thoughtfully discussed this matter to satisfy all religious matters of the five tradition in JCA
11. JCA requests members to follow above guidelines

On behalf of Board of Trustees and Executive Committee
Jawahar A. Shetti
Jain Center of America,NY

Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Celebrations 2014 - Participation Form

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jai Jinendra !!

Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Mahotsav 2014 is planned to be celebrated in April of this year. We are looking forward to bring to you this celebration with lot of devotion and cultural program from our kids. Attached please find the form for the same. Kindly fill this and submit to any member of EC or JCA manager latest by February 16, 2014.This will allow us to plan for the event and give enough practice to our kids to put up a great performance.

We look forward to active participation as in the past and request that you come and celebrate this great event with all of us.

Please click here to download the participation form.

Thanks & Regards,

Jain Center Of America

YJP > Join YJP for 2 Events

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jai Jinendra !

We encourage all our young professionals between the age of 24-42 years to attend the two upcoming events organized by Young Jain Professionals in the NY metro area.

Jain Center of America

Pursue Your Dreams and Unleash the Power Within: A Seminar with Mitesh Kapadia

As we are entering this New Year with a zeal to achieve goals and pursue our dreams, let's explore together the ways we can truly transform our lives and accomplish our dreams. To help us do that, inspirational speaker Mitesh Kapadia will focus on refining one's own personality, by tackling destructive habits and to pursue a life of purpose and fulfillment by finding Our Truth and Transform Our Life by Living it.

Come join us at this unique workshop as we discuss how various Jain teachings can provide us the tools to make a lasting transformation and obtain unprecedented happiness.

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Berges Institute - North Room, 23 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
Cost:  Free!

We have limited spots, so please RSVP today. For more information go to our Facebook event or contact us by email.

YJP Northeast Winter Retreat 2014: Unplug from daily life. Connect with your soul

Join YJP from March 7-9 to unwind at the rustic Race Brook Lodge. This cozy lodge is the perfect location for a retreat filled with networking, educational sessions and social activities. The lodge is just minutes away from Catamount Ski Area where we will be enjoying the snow one last time before the season ends!

DATES: March 7 (Friday evening) to March 9 (Sunday afternoon)
LOCATION: Race Brook Lodge and Catamount Ski Area

Interested? Register today!
Visit Facebook Events       Email YJP for more information
Pricing & Transportation

Registration Price (includes lodging & meals):
$155 (Now - Feb. 10)
$175 (Feb. 11- Mar. 3)
Age: 24-42
Early Bird Registration ends February 10th at 11:59pm EST, so register ASAP!

Optional Activity Prices:
$75 - Lift Ticket + Rental + Lesson (beginner trails only)
$39 - Lift Ticket (all trails)
$34 - Ski/Snowboard Rental
$10 - 1.5 Hour Lesson

Carpools will be arranged from Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

YJA > Registration for the 2014 YJA Convention is now OPEN!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Jai Jinendra !

We request all our members to encourage their children between the age of 14-29 years to attend 2014 YJA Convention in Washington, DC during the July 4th weekend.

Jain Center of America

Jai Jinendra !
Registration for the 2014 YJA Convention is now OPEN and we want you to be among the first to register!
Register today to lock in your early bird pricing discount. And 1 out of the first 150 to register will win a brand-new iPad Air.
Space is limited this year, so don't delay!


Convention Details


You and your friends (ages 14-29) interested in Jainism


Thursday, July 3rd - Sunday, July 6th


Crystal Gateway Marriott Located at 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA

Registration Fees:

Click for Registration Fees & Deadlines 1 out of the first 150 to register will win a brand-new iPad Air!

More Info:

Please visit our Convention Website Or e-mail reghelp@yja.org - we're here to help!

Get Excited:

2014 YJA Convention - Register Today!

We hope to see you at #YJA14!

General Body Meeting on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Jain Center of America, New York invites you to attend the Annual General Body Meeting on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM at our Temple, 43-11 Ithaca Street, Elmhurst, N.Y. 11373. The alternate date (in case of inclement weather) is Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 2:00PM at our temple.

The meeting will commence at 2:00 PM sharp. However, in the absence of a quorum, the meeting will start at 2:30 PM, as per the JCA Constitution.

The agenda for the General Body Meeting is as follows:

  • Prayer
  • Activities of JCA - Reports by Chairman/President
  • Annual Report - Secretary/ Administrator
  • Financial Statements for the year 2012 - CFO/Treasurer
  • Explanation of the budget for 2014 & approval by the General Body - CFO
  • Lake Success progress report
  • Any other matter related to JCA (should be approved for discussion by Chair)

If you wish to present any other issues or concerns at the General Body Meeting, please write, fax or e-mail the Secretary, Chairman or JCA Manager before November 30, 2013.

The 2012 JCA financial statements and the 2012 JCA General Body minutes will be available on the JCA website and at the temple from December 1, 2013 onwards. 

Lunch will be served starting at 12:00 pm in our Bhojanshala.

Participation at the meeting is a privilege and duty of all members of JCA and your attendance at the meeting would be greatly appreciated.

This letter has also been sent via email to members, posted on the JCA website and posted on the JCA notice board.

We look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.

Robin Shah, Secretary
Tel: 917-749-6892
Email: robin_shah@yahoo.com

Shatrunjaya Ni Bhavya Bhav Yatra on Sunday, November 17, 2013 @ 10.30 AM

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Jain Center of America is celebrating Shatrunjaya Ni Bhavya Bhav Yatra with music of meditation (Giriraj Chhatrishi) and Pat Darshan on Sunday, November 17th @ 10.30 AM at Sthanak Hall

This year, we are going to have a Ghee Bholi for SANGHPATI for Bhav Yatra. Sanghpati will get the privilege to lead  Sakal Sangh for entire Bhavyatra starting from Jay Taleti. We Invite Sakal Sangh to take Dharma Laabh by joining the Bhav Yatra celebration and by participating in a Ghee Boli for Sanghpati.


Bhav Yatra starts from Jap Taleti on the foothills of Shatrunjaya and ends on the other side at a place known as Siddhavad. The name, Siddhavad, is after a Banyan tree and it is said thousands of Jains have achieved the final stage of life-death cycle, Nirvana or salvation and become free from the bondage of Karma.

The Bhav Yatra covers all Jain temples in Palitana. Siddhavad is near Adipur, known as the birth place Lord Adinath the first Thirthankar. It is believed that every Jain should visit Palitana at least once in his lifetime to get "Bhavya" status (fit to attain nirvana or salvation). There are a total of 1250 temples located on the Shatrunjaya hills, exquisitely carved in marble. The main temple on top of the hill, is dedicated to 1st Tirthankar, Lord Adinath (Rishabdeva). This year, the auspicious day of Kartaki Purnima is on same day of November 17th, 2013.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America

Events on Chaumasi Chaudas & Poonam (Weekend)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Following programs are scheduled at the Jain Center of America:

Kartak Sud 14 Chaumasi Chaudas  - Saturday, November 16, 2013:

  • Devvandan @ 2.30 PM at Sthanak Hall
  • Chaumasi Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 6.30 PM at Library        

Kartak Sud 15 Kartaki Poonam - Sunday, November 17, 2013:

  • Adinath Jinalay weekly Puja @ 10:00 AM at Adinath Jinalay
  • Dadawadi Puja @ 9:30 AM at Dadawadi Temple
  • Shree Shatrunjay Bhavyatra & Patdarshan @ 10.30 AM at Sthanak Hall
  • Shrimad Satsang @ 1.00 PM at Shrimad Hall
  • Sthanak Chaumasi Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 6.30 PM at Sthanak Hall

A sincere request for all our members to participate and have Dharam Labh.

Bhojanshala Sponsors
Tithi-Shrimad Satsang-Dadawadi Puja

Name of Sponsors Date Occasion
Rasikbhai & Kalpanaben Sanghavi Nov 17, 2013 Punya Tithi-Urmilaben R Sanghavi
Ek Sadgrahsta Nov 17,  2013 Shrimad Satsang
Naveenji & Babitaji Lodha Nov 17, 2013 Dadawadi Puja
Surendraji Jain & Miteshji Jain Nov 17, 2013 Dadawadi Puja

JCA Tithi Sponsorship:

  • Every Sunday since 2006, JCA has joyfully served food to all Sadharmiks without any charge.
  • You can support this tradition by donating $251 for a Tithi, which could be for any occasion you wish.
  • You can also sign up to volunteer time in kitchen will help JCA to serve better.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America