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          In 1955 Lalaji had been to Badrinath alongwith late Dr. Hira Lal Jain, Shri Yashpal Jain Shri Vishnu Prabhakar and other eminent persons. At that time he felt the necessity of a Jain Temple and Dharamsahala at Haridwar where there was none. The U.P. Government granted to the Trust created by Lalaji about 6000 sq. ft. of land where a Library, Dharmshala, Dispensary and Jain Temple have been constructed.

          There was no Jain Temple at Kurukshetra, another Indian Historical, place where lakhs of people bathe in the holy tank at the time of Surya-Grahana and where supposedly the famous fight took place between Kauravas and Pandavas. Yogiraj Krishna gave his sermons on which the religious book Geeta is based. The Trust has got 3000 sq. yds. of land for construction of Jain Temple, Dharamshala, Library and Dispensary from the Kurukhestra Development Board and the construction work is in progress.

          In 1959 Lalaji�s second grand daughter, Smt. Vijaya Jain was studying in Birla School at Pilani, a famous Educational Center in the Country established by Birlas. He had been there and thus felt the necessity of a Dharmshala, a good Library and a Jain Temple there. The trust has been able to get land there and, the construction work is complete.

          The Trustees have also donated to many individuals and institutions such its Prime Minister�s Relief� Fund, for benevolent causes.




Hon. Director, Shahu Research Institute,

Shivaji University, Kolhapur


          Dr. Vilas A. Sangave, who has carved a distinguished place for himself in the field of Jain Studies and Sociology, was born on the 2nd June, 1920. He was educated at Poona and Bombay where he won his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. with distinction. His Ph.D. thesis on Sociology of Jain Community provides an ample proof of his depth of knowledge both in the fields of Jainism and Sociology. After having held successfully the positions of Head of the Department of Sociology in Karnatak College, Dharwad, Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, he happens now to adorn the Honorary Directorship of Shahu Research Institute, Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

          Dr. Vilas Sangave has to his credit several research books and papers on Sociology and Social Anthropology in Marathi and English. His books in Marathi have run into many editions, have been translated into Kannada and Gujarati and have received prizes for best books from Bombay, Poona and Kolhapur Universities in Maharashtra. In recent years Research Volumes on �Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati Papers� edited by Dr. Vilas Sangave have been very much appreciated.

          Among Dr, Vilas Sangave�s research publications in Jainology


          (i) Jaina Community : A Social Survey,


          (ii) Life and Legacy of Mahavira : A Social Study,


          (iii) History of Dakshin Bharat Jaina Sabha,


          (iv) Sacred Shravana Belagola : A Socio-Religious Study,


          (v) Hirachand Nemchand: The Pioneer of Jaina Social Revorm  Movement,


          (vi) Aspects of Jaina Religion,


          (vii) The Jaina Path of Ahimsa, and


          (viii) Jaina Culture: Tradition and Impact


are considered as significant contributions to studies in Jaina Society, History and Religion.

          A renowned speaker in English, Marathi and Hindi and closely associated with several Universities and national level Research Institutes in Social Sciences and Jainology, Dr. Vilas Sangave has been specially honoured by the University of Cambridge (U.K.) in 1985 and by the Government of Bihar in 1989 for his distinctive services to research studies in Jainology. As a scholar member of special Delegation of International Jaina Community, Dr. Vilas Sangave participated in the presentation of �The Jain Declaration on Nature� to His Royal Highness Prince Philip at Backingharn Palace in London in October, 1990. Dr. Vilas Sangave is also known for his lectures on Jain Social History delivered in several Universities in India.