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

46. The Jain Pilgrim Centres


Bhadrabahu Vijay

The Jain pilgrim-centres are famous throughout the world, for their simple but sublime temples, and for their atmosphere of peace and felicity. For the most part, the Jain pilgrim centres are located among pellucid streams in mountainous areas, They are situated among trees and plants, which stand in dense rows and among hills, pools, valleys and the atmosphere there is quiet, calm and peaceful. They are also remarkable for their solitude; so anyone who goes there meets himself; comes face to face with himself. The pilgrim-centres are located in such a peaceful and fascinating environment with the objective of enabling human beings to get away from the tensions and worries of life and to concentrate on the welfare of their souls. The beautiful scenery of the sylvan surroundings, the temples whose high towers seem to touch the skies and clouds, the images whose faces are resplendent with cheerfulness and felicity, the atmosphere that is holy - all these confer upon people felicity, sanctity and naturalness. Even today, hundreds of such holy places in Shatrunjay, Girnar, Abu, Taranga, Kumbharia, Shankheswar, Delwada, Jaisalmer, Sammet-shikkar, Ranakpur, Pavapuri, Rajgrihi etc., provide light and guidance to millions of people to pursue the path of peace and purity. But for the maintenance of the purity and sanctity of the atmosphere and environments in those places. some rules are to be carefully observed by visitors. The pilgrim-centres come within the mass experimental field. It is our duty to maintain and preserve their purity and sanctity.