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Foundation days of two Jain temples in Jaipur observed
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 03 Feb 2014

The foundation days of Adinath Digambar Jain Temple, Mansarovar and Shantinath Digmabar Jain Temple, Malviya Nagar, in Jaipur were held on February 2, reported Rajasthan Patrika. The processions and rituals of prayers, mahamandal vidhan and mahamastabhishek marked the occasion.

In the temple at Malviya Nagar, Muni Payasagar stressed the purification of mind in his discourse. The followers were reminded that Jainism has strong emphasis on self-control, austerities and renunciation. It upholds the individualistic nature of soul and personal responsibility for one's liberation. Also, devotional singing and dancing was organized on the occasion.

Bhagwan Shantinath was the sixteenth Jain Tirthankar born to King Viswasen Raja and Queen Achira Rani at Hastinapur in the Ikshvaku clan who liberated his soul which by destroying all of its karma. He was born on the thirteen day of the Jyest Krishna month of the Indian calendar.

Bhagwan Adinatha, also known as Bhagwan Rishabha is regarded as the traditional founder of Jainism. The Jains believe that he was the first of the twenty-four tirthankaras who belonged to the Ikshvaku dynasty of ancient Ayodhya. He propounded the main tenets of Jainism. He is usually depicted in lotus position or kayotsarga, a standing posture of meditation with an image of bull in his sculptures.