SWETAMBER MURTIPUJAK JAIN SANGH, ERNAKULAM
which is situated about 10 kms from Mattancherry, was a very
laid back business center compared to Mattancherry which was
the business hub of Kochi, till about the year 1970. But it
still attracted the business minded Jain community with some
families migrating here from Kutch in Gujarat as way back
though their numbers were minimal compared to the Jain families
settled in Mattancherry and who had a fine temple established
there, the Jain's in Ernakulam always felt the need to have
their own temple. With this objective in mind they established
the Jain Sangh in the year 1988, which included families from
the Shwetambar Murktipujak, Digambar Sthanakvasi and Terapanthi.
Meetings were a regular feature with a sole agenda of initiating
the construction of a Jain Temple within Ernakulam.
in the year 1990, when Shri Jaytilak Vijayji Maharaj Saheb,
who was on his way to Erode after visiting Mattancherry, agreed
on to stay for a few days in Ernakulam. The Jain Sangh decided
to seek his holiness blessings for a Jain temple in Ernakulam,
and according to his holiness suggestions it was choosen to
install the 12th Tirthankara of Jain's Sri Vasupujja Swami
as the 'Mulnayak' (the presiding deity of the temple), and
the idol be made of Panchdhatu (made of 5 different metals).
It was also decided that the 'Anjan shalakha' (Description)
of the idol be performed at Erode during the "Prathistha
building was rented for the temple and on 27th January 1991,
the idol of Prabhu Sri Vasupujja Swami was brought from Erode
and it was taken in a grand procession and installed in a
Ghar Derasar on T.D.Road, fulfilling a long cherished dream
of the Ernakulam Sangh, which by this time had about 40 families
from Gujarat and Rajasthan residing in the city.
July the same year a newly built house was purchased on Srinivas
Mallan Road in Ernakulam and the 'Ghar Derasar' was shifted
from the rented building to the new one, which had provision
for the transit stay of Maharaj. Sahib's and Sadhviji's began
to come to Ernakulam 'Ghar Derasar' and it became difficult
to accommodate them all in the Ghar Derasar. Finally the year
1993 with due inspiration and blessings from Acharya Bhagwant
Shri Nayprabha Surishvanji Maharaj, a new building was purchased
and it was named 'Aradhana Bhavan' and it was utilised for
the stay of Maharaj.Saheb and Sadhviji's.
Shri Abhaysen Vijayhi Maharaj, two sadhu's and 6 sadhviji,
thana (disciples) eight, was the first muni to conduct his
'Chatumaas' in Ernakulam, Jain Derasar in the year 1996. During
his stay, Mahapoojans were arranged for 15 days that were
attended by a large number of people. He encouraged the people
to observe 'Maskshaman' (a 1 month fast), 15 days fast, and
also the 'Athai' (8 days fast) Ever since 'Ambilodi' is conducted
according to the Gujarathi calendar in the months of Aaso
and Chaitra. During this function Shravak's are invited to
Now there are around 80 families with a combined strength
of around 350 member's residing in Ernakulam under the Sangh
and it is their heart felt desire to have a 'Shikhar Bandh'
Derasar in Ernakulam. Discussions are going on with the Sri
Raveshekhar Vijayji Maharaj of Salem and hopefully with his
blessings the Sangh may be able to conduct a 'Bhoomi poojan'
for the same before the end of the year 2004.