Jain World
Sub-Categories of Passions

The Navakar Mantra

What is the Jain Dharma or Jainism?
Who is a Jin?
Who is a Jain?
The Jain dharma
  The Arrangement Of Ara, The Phases Of Time
  Tirtha, Dharma And Tirthankar (One Who Reveals The Dharma)
  The Exposition Of The Philosophy
  Bhagwan Mahavir
  The Path Of Achievement
  Total Renunciation
  Some special rules of conduct for sadhus and sadhvis
  The Dashvirati Dharma
  The Fourteen Pledges By Househl Oders
  Avashyak (The Essentials)
  Prathana (Prayer)
  Jap And Dhyan
  The Eighteen Sources Of Sin (Papa Sthanak)..
  Before assuming Dharma
  Marganusari Gun: (35 virtues that guide us on the path of life)
  Tapasya and the codes of conduct:
  The External austerities ( six kinds )
  Abhyantar Tap (Six kinds)
  Some minor and major austerities for daily practice.
  Why is fasting essential ?
  Some Special And Important Austerities
  Why should water be boiled ?
  It is necessary to filter water:
  The Jain Dharma prohibits the eating of the following things
  Why should not people eat meat ?
  Even the egg is dangerous !
  Alcoholic drinks should be renounced
  Why should we not eat certain types of food?
  We should not take food in the night. Why?
  Why should we not eat green and raw vegetables on some special days?
  Organization of the Jain Society
  Some Important Jain Institutions
  Jain Upashray: Religious Centres
  The Jain Libraries
  The Jain Schools
  Ayambil Shala
  The Jain Panjarapol--Shelter for Cattle
  The Jain Choultries
  The Jain Pilgrim Centres
  The system of the seven institutions of the Jains.
  The Jain Festivals
  The Jain Celebrations
  The Jain Philosophy
  The Nine Doctrines
  Kashay- Passions
  The Process of Spiritual Elevation,
  Samiti and Gupti
  16 Bhavanas
  The Jain Literature
  A Representative Jain Work
  A Glossary Of Difficult Words

39. Some Important Jain Institutions


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The Jain Temples

The Jain Temples are beautiful artistic and grand. Most of these temples are built of marble. They have beautiful arches and walls. Moreover, the ceilings. and towers of those buildings are decorated with magnificent carvings. The interior of a Jain temple has a peaceful, holy and other- worldly atmosphere: and so it is a centre of attraction for all. The temples are pervaded by an atmosphere of absolute peace, felicity and sanctity. Magnificent waves of bliss, felicity, love and cheerfulness surge out from the presence of the marble idols from which emanate peace and joy.

All Jains including the young and the old visit the temples in the mornings and in the evenings. They feel blessed by the sight of the Lord and by carrying out such activities as worship, prayer, glorification repeating of holy hymns and meditation. That way they seek satisfaction to their souls. Every evening after the sunset. they perform Arti and Mangal deep (burning camphor and lighting ghee-wicks) in every temple. The sweet sound of the bells, the holy noise of the drums; the chanting of the hymns by groups of devotees at the time of the arti, the radiant lights burning with ghee revealing the splendor of the face of the (Lord the Paramatma) bring heaven to the earth.

Special programs and activities are organized on some festival days and special occasions. On these occasions, hundreds or thousands of devotees gather in the temples and worship the Lord with absolute devotion, Some Jain families have a grihmandir a room reserved for the worship of the Lord.

On the occasion of installing the image of the Lord in the temples, a solemn celebration takes place; and this is known as Anjanshalaka and Pratistha Mahotsav.