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Jains Gain Minority Status in India

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Some wonderful news in the New Year for the Jain community at large.

The Jains have become the sixth community to be granted ‘minority status’ at the federal level in India. The result will be the provision of protection and recourse mechanisms that all minorities should get. Some of the immediate benefits of obtaining this status are:

  • Temple & trusts will now be able to seek legal recourse and evict tenants that have been dwelling in their properties at very low rents for many years.
  • Government interference in institutions and trusts of the community will cease to exist;
  • And there will be 50 per cent reservation for Jain students in colleges run by the community.

The principle benefit of the minority status in India, will be that the government can no longer intervene in the daily function of running trusts and temples. These temples hold  enormous wealth, and the wealth can now be put to good use as per the community’s wishes.

Jain Temple in Ranakpur, India
©wikipedia

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Royal Asiatic Society gems on JAINpedia now

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Royal Asiatic Society (RAS), with funding from the Shraman foundation have added to the JAINpedia site with their own gems from their Jain collection. The 3 items are now live on JAINpedia and can be found easily from the newly published article written by the librarian of the RAS Kathy Lazenbatt.

The RAS is the oldest scholarly society focusing on the study of Asia in the UK. It was formed in 1823 by the famous Sanskrit scholar and Indologist, Henry Colebrooke and has a particularly strong collection of manuscripts and books from South Asia. It boasts some rare Jain works, with the key ones live on JAINpedia:

1) A meditation diagram , the Suri-mantra-pata, on cloth, dated from the mid-15th century, which is also one of our highlights on JAINpedia, as it is a rare type of yantra, used only by the highest-ranking Śvetāmbara monks.

sūri-mantra-paṭa Image by Royal Asiatic Society © Royal Asiatic Society

sūri-mantra-paṭa
Image by Royal Asiatic Society © Royal Asiatic Society

2) A Jain map of the universe on cloth c. 1816, the adhai-dvipa presented to the RAS by Major-General William Miles on 17th June 1837. It had been given to him ‘by a Jain Priest of the Province of Marwar’.

3) A manuscript of the Kalpa-sutra, a very popular Svetambara scripture, which is a colourful early example from 1404 with exquisite coloured illustrations.

We’re delighted to be working with the RAS as a new partner organisation for JAINpedia and as always will continue to add to the site.

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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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Dazzling Diwali event – 25th November 2012

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Join the JAINpedia Team at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum this year as part of our exciting ‘Dazzling Diwali’ event.

It promises to be an exciting day for the whole family, with activities including an interactive and musical Giant Snakes and Ladders, the story of Rushubdev Bhagwan in dance, traditional Rangoli demonstrations and workshops, and a chance to see the JAINpedia Travelling exhibition. (more…)

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Oxford Family Day Registration

Friday, April 27th, 2012

To download this form, please right click on the image and click 'save image as'. Alternatively, please email jayni.gudka@jainpedia.org

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Only a few hours till we launch the JAINpedia beta-site

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Yes, the day we have all been so excited about is finally here, as we count down the hours left until JAINpedia goes global! But as we approach the launch, we thought it would be nice to share what launching the beta site actually means…

The launch of the beta-site marks one of the closing milestones before the website is released as a final version. This means that the website is not completely finished but is quite close in terms of material and technical functionality.

The most important part of beta testing is identifying and fixing ‘bugs’. A ‘bug’ is a case of the website’s not working properly so a website visitor gets incorrect or unexpected results, for example when loading a page or clicking on a hyperlink.

A beta trial is not a way of adding new features to the site. Rather, it gathers feedback from website visitors – often called end-users – on how well the website works before it is finally released. End-users often give feedback on the usability of the website too, which means how useful, easy and satisfying it is to use or learn how to use.

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12th December 2011 – launch of JAINpedia beta-site!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The moment you have all been waiting for is finally here!

We are pleased to announce that we shall be launching our JAINpedia beta site on Monday the 12th of December 2011.

The website features digitised pages from Jain manuscripts, articles written by Professor Nalini Balbir and other academics from around the world, and much much more. (more…)

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Ahimsa Day 2011, a great success! Award won by Nitin Mehta

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The Institute of Jainology’s nineth annual Ahimsa Day commemoration at the House of Commons, held on 12th October 2011 was a tremendous success. This annual event, sponsored by the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative ‘Friends of India’ groups, was attended by MPs, Ministers, Lords and the Jain community amongst others. (more…)

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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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