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Jain Sangh Of New England Celebrates Pratistha Mahotsava

Girish Mehta

Jain Sangh of New England Inc., of Burlington, MA completed a ten day long Pratistha Mahotsava (consecration) celebrations which began on April 30, 2011 and concluded by May 9, 2011.

This highly successful event was attended by over 650 individuals.  Besides members and their families of Jain Sangh of New England, these events were attended by participants from various other states including New York, New Jersey and also by visitors from India.  Various community leaders and members from various Jain and non-Jain communities participated enthusiastically at these events.

All the rituals were performed by two groups of Vidhi karta (ritual experts) who travelled from India to guide and help for this very special event.  Various religious scholars, dignitaries and guests graced the occasion as well.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick issued a citation honoring the contributions made by JSNE to the community.

Massachusetts Majority Whip House of Representative Mr. Charles Murphy was a chief guest at the Friday evening event congratulated Jain Community for the beautiful temple and welcomed JSNE and its members at their new place of worship in Burlington.

Initial events started during the past weekend of April 30 and May 1, 2011 with over 300 people in attendance. This was followed by a number of events on May 6 to 9, 2011.  A colorful procession took place on May 7th where hundreds of attendees participated in a joyful event and welcomed various deities at the new home for JSNE with proper ceremonies and rituals.

On Sunday, May 8th, after preparation of the idols, about one hundred families participated in Pratistha (consecration) ceremonies of thirteen (13) different idols.  This most auspicious ceremony was the highlight of this 10 daylong event.  

Sunday’s evening event included a cultural program where about 30 students performed religiously oriented dances and prayers.  Their dedication and hard work resulted into professional quality performances which the entire audience enjoyed and appreciated. A formal Derasar (temple) opening ceremony took place on Monday, May 9th also with appropriate rituals and ceremonies.  

Jain Sangh of New England established in year 2000, recently completed a project of building a new Derasar (place of worship / temple) at 223 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington.  This conveniently located, 6,000 Square Feet facility house a Rang Mandap (Main area for temple, rituals and religious lectures), five class rooms for education for young generation and area for dining as well as social gathering. This organization receives all its support from its members and well wishers.

JSNE has over 300 member families from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.  JSNE provides an opportunity to these members to practice Jain religion and help the next generation with religious teaching and values.  Event details, and photographs are available on our website at www.jsne.org

For further information, please contact Mr. Girish A. Mehta at the above email or phone numbers.

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