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IoJ Project, JAINpedia in the News!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The Sunday, Times of India published an article about JAINpedia on 12th October 2014. This is not the first the Times of India group has written about JAINpedia and the work of the Institute, and we are grateful for their exposure. We hope this encourages other publications to write about this valuable website.

The article talks about the collections of Jain manuscripts held in UK institutions, how some of them were obtained and their importance and relevance to the Jain community now. The value of JAINpedia lies in the fact that these manuscripts can be viewed in high resolution, almost as if they were in front of you, from anywhere in the world, and without risk of damaging any fragile ones. In addition the contextual information and the sister Learn Jainism site, complement and increase the utilization of the site. (more…)

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Jain Manuscripts and Painting from India at the V&A

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Enjoy the last chance to discover the JAINpedia display of fascinating illustrated manuscripts from India with curator Nick Barnard and explore the sacred pilgrimage site of Shatrunjaya through a huge and spectacular painting recently acquired by the V&A.

The JAINpedia display at the V&A will close on 22 September 2013 to allow these fragile and light-sensitive manuscript pages to be rested. Come and see the new display of early Indian paintings, opening 28 September, which will include nine other fascinating and beautiful Jain manuscript folios. The Shatrunjaya painting will also remain on display.

Rules of conduct for monks (detail), page from an Uttarādhyayanasūtra manuscript, opaque watercolour on paper, Gujarat, India, about 1450. © V&A Images / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Rules of conduct for monks (detail), page from an Uttarādhyayanasūtra manuscript,

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Royal Asiatic Society joins JAINpedia

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Institute of Jainology and JAINpedia team are glad to announce its partnership with The Royal Asiatic Society (RAS).

The society  was the first British organization dedicated to the study of Asia, and played a key role in encouraging an exchange and transfer of cultural understanding. It is only appropriate that we add to the JAINpedia website with some of the collection from the RAS too.

The RAS in partnership with the Jiv Daya Foundation will be conserving and digitizing 3 Jain artefacts to put on the JAINpedia website, a meditation diagram on cloth dating, from the mid-15th century, a Jain map of the universe on cloth (c.1816) and a paper manuscript dated 1404 of the story of Kalaka and part of the Kalpasutra. These 3 artefacts, will also be described and contextualized in the same manner as the current digitized artefacts on JAINpedia, making them more accessible to a wider audience.

The meditation diagram known as a suri-mantra-pata is believed by Professor Nalini Balbir, to be the only one of its type in a European collection; full details of the artefacts, can be found on the RAS blog. The artefacts, are expected to be digitized and uploaded to JAINpedia by the end of June 2013, and we will keep you updated of the progress.

A Yantra of the Suri-Mantra-Pata
 RAS

 

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The Final Event – Dazzling Diwali – a Huge Success

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Once again, JAINpedia celebrated Diwali at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London this year. The day began with an entrance by 80 people from Leicester, organised by Kalpit Doshi from the Jain Centre, Leicester. Over 2000 people were recorded to have attended the event, which had a fun-filled programme throughout the day.

Activities included a giant snakes and ladders game, with accompanying song and dance, and some enjoyable ‘shake, shake shake’ moves. Little members of the audience were the playing pieces and rolled the giant die to achieve the position of ‘moksha’ or ‘liberation’ on the giant board.

Children playing Snakes and Ladders at the V&A Museum

Children playing Snakes and Ladders at the V&A Museum
© Bansri Mehta

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New Painting of Shatrunjunya Hill at the V&A – Talk takes place on Karttika-Purnima

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The V&A has recently acquired a large and splendid painting of Shatrunjaya Hill in Gujarat, one of the holiest Jain sites. Thousands of pilgrims climb up to the temples on top by a path with over 3,000 steps. Detailed paintings like this of the sacred site enable worshippers unable to be there to envisage and contemplate it.

Come and see the painting on karttika-purnima, the special day when these paintings are traditionally venerated, and learn about it. (more…)

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Rangoli Competition for Diwali at the V&A

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

JAINpedia will be celebrating Diwali at the Victoria & Albert Museum again this year. The family day, will include Rangoli making, however to portray your creativity, why not take part in our Rangoli competition! Create your own design, submit a photo of it to info@jainpedia.org by 19th September 2012 and the V&A will recreate your design at the museum on 25th November 2012, during the JAINpedia Diwali celebrations.

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Marvellous Manuscripts at the V&A

Friday, August 12th, 2011

A reminder to everyone, that to celebrate the upcoming Paryushana Festival, the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, London are having a series of events and activities at the museum on  Sunday, 21st August (more…)

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V&A Inside Outing Event enjoyed thoroughly by participants

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

On Thursday 16th June a group of Victoria & Albert Museum visitors; some with a basic knowledge about Jainism, who had never visited the V&A before; studied Jain manuscripts at the V&A and visited the Shikharbandhi Temple at the Oshwal Centre in Potters bar. (more…)

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Inside Outing Event: Jain Manuscripts & Śvetāmbara Temple

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Join us for an exciting day of insider access to the V&A and to the first Śvetāmbara temple in Europe.

DATE: Thursday 16 June 2011
TIME:  10.00am to 5.30pm
MEETING PLACE: Hochhauser Auditorium in the Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum (more…)

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Mahavir Jayanti celebrations at the British Library

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

JAINpedia are holding Mahavir Jayanti celebrations at the British Library on 15th April 2011. This free event takes place over the whole day and includes:

  • story-telling sessions by highly acclaimed story-teller Seema Anand
  • hourly tours of the JAINpedia display
  • a drop-in craft workshop for children organised by the British Library
  • a beautiful dance recital in the Bharat Natyam dance form, performed by founders of the Prakruti Dance School. (more…)

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