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હિંસા નાં ત્યોહાર (Festivals of Bloodshed)

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જીવ છે એના માં પણ , દર્દ થાય એને પણ , ધૃજી ઉઠે છે એનું શરીર , જ્યારે મૌત સામે દેખાય છે !
આંખ થી વહે છે આંસુ ! પણ એ અબોલ પશુ શું કરે ? તડફડે એના કૈદ માં, બીજું કંઈ નાં કરી શકે !
શું જમાનો છે આ ! જ્યાં ધોવાય ગઈકરુણતા ! જ્યાં આનંદ આવે , હત્યા માં ! ત્યોહારો ઉજવાય , લોઈ ની નદિયોં માં!
એટલોજ શોખ છે 'બલી' નો , તો આપો પોતાના અહંકાર ની બલી !, આપો પોતાના ક્રોધ ની બલી ,! આપો પોતાની માયા ની બલી,! આપો અજ્ઞાનતા ની બલી ! નાં! પણ તમે તો આપશો મુક પશુઓ ની બલી!
કોઈ ને મારતા પેહલા , સૌ વાર વિચારજો! એ જીવ પણ કોઈ ની સંતાન છે ! એ જીવ પણ કોઈ ની માં છે ! એ જીવ માં પણ જીવ છે !

The forgotten Jain heritage of Pakbirra and Purulia

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Since ancient ages, the Purulia district of West Bengal has been bestowed with the fortune of being extremely rich in heritage and culture.As mentioned in one of my previous blogs as well, the “Acharang Sutra”, states that Lord Mahavir visited a region known as Radh Pradesh shortly after Diksha, where he had to face numerous calamities. Also, in the “Bhagwati Sutra” it has been stated that Lord Mahavirspent many ‘Chaturmas’ in Panit Bhoomi, which is a portion of Radh Pradesh. As per Encyclopedia Britannica, thr geographical & historical indicators state that Radh Pradesh is a toponym for an area in the Indian subcontinent that lies between the Chota Nagpur Plateau on the West and the Ganges Delta on the East. Although the boundaries of the region have been defined differently according to various sources throughout history, today it is mainly coextensive with the state of West Bengal also comprising some portions of the state of Jharkhand and Bihar in India.

Therefore, it is evid…

The unique Jain temple of Himmatnagar

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Throughout the history of mankind, humans have created a sacred space, not just to witness the glory of the lord but also as a connecting link with the divine. Humans have put aside constraints of money, effort and time to construct beautiful temples which have been built on the foundations of faith, divinity and spiritualism. A temple is not just a sacred structure but a space where an individual could imbibe the enshrined energies. Every aspect of the temple, from its architecture to its deities has been consciously designed to make this experience happen.

Similarly, Jain temples across the world have been constructed based on detailed scientific principles as laid out in traditional scriptures embedded with genuine craftsmanship. Jain temples have usually followed the scriptures known as “Shilp Shastra’s” (namely Prasadmandan, Rupmandan, Aparajita, Kshirarnava, Sutrasantan, Diparnava, Vraksharnava, Vastukautuka, Vastumandala, Vastumanjari and Vastusara) based on which they are con…

The divine moments of Shakrastav Abhishek at Kshatriyakund Tirth

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Anyone knowing me even  remotely, would be aware of my deep affection towards (1) The nearly 2,600 year ancient Jivit Swami idol of Lord Mahavir built by his brother Raja Nandivardhan situated at Lord’s birthplace, Kshatriyakund and (2) the divine Stotra - Shri Vardhaman Shakrastav. Therefore, when we got the divine opportunity to conduct Shri Vardhaman Shakrastav Abhishek on Jivit Swami, it was a dream come true. 

My tryst with Kshatriyakund Tirth and the lord started years back, when I read a book named "Adi-Jin-Bimb Nirmaan Prabandh" by Acharya Shri Hemratna Surishwarji Maharaja wherein he beautifully described his divine experience with the Jivit Swami idol ; how he was captivated by the beauty of the lord that he did not realize that he was singing hymns in praise of the lord from dawn to dusk; how he did not wish to leave the temple; how he was so besotted that he could not think of anything apart from the mesmerizing idol! All the adjectives used by Acharyashri were …