THE CURTAIN RISER



This is the best of the time to be living, a time when you get to witness the turn of a hundred years of a holy shrine. A Jain temple when it completes hundred years consequently becomes a tirth (pilgrim center) Kochi known as the queen of Arabian Sea is getting prepared to celebrate an auspicious occasion. The Shatabdi and Pratishtha Mahotsav of Shri Dharamnath Jinalay and Shri Chandraprabhu Jinalay. The minds and hearts of believers are overflowing by an excess of joy, a melody, which has never been heard before, resounds in the air, it is a kind of prayer, an entreaty asking fate for a salutation to happiness and at the same time a genuflection.

A Jain temple is representative of samavasarana. It is a sacred act of emphasizing the importance of dharma. It brings together the brotherliness and creates interest in jinadarshana amongst the people of other religions. The Cochin Jain temple of late has had a fleet of visitors expressing great interest in the temple and the religion. There really is nothing like this anywhere else in the state. The Cochin Jain temple breathes purity, and is a stunning addition to Cochin's architectural and cultural heritage.

A Jain temple is representative of samavasarana. It is a sacred act of emphasizing the importance of dharma. It brings together the brotherliness and creates interest in jinadarshana amongst the people of other religions. The Cochin Jain temple of late has had a fleet of visitors expressing great interest in the temple and the religion. There really is nothing like this anywhere else in the state. The Cochin Jain temple breathes purity, and is a stunning addition to Cochin's architectural and cultural heritage.

Hiruben,
The noblest cochinite of them all;
Her only function in life;
To exercise generosity.

Leaving an indelible stamp
Nor seen a more generous sentiment
A joyful Song we raise,
For oh! Eternity's too short
To utter all thy Praise.

One good deed leads to another, very soon the family members of Shri Popatlal Govardhan Lalan constructed yet another Jinalay in Cochin within the same compound. Thus the Shri Chandraprabh Jinalay came into being. Those were the times of immaculate generosity. The temple was once more donated to the Sangh. Both noble individuals made joy-bells ring in heaven and on earth, by their pristine accomplishment.


With passing time and increasing demands of the community for a spacious temple, Shri Sangh proposed to renovate the ChandraPrabh Jinalay. The members welcomed the pronouncement. The renovation work started in the year 2002 and today the collective efforts have borne a conspicuous creation, a beautiful Jinalay in the shape of Dev-Viman.

When the work of renovation was in progress Sailesh Laherchand Lodaya, an ardent devotee proposed to the trust committee that the Pratishtha of the first Thirthankara, Shri Aadinath Bhagwan and of Guru Gautam Swami the Guru famous for its Labdhi should take place. The trust committee accepted the proposal whole-heartedly.

The next task was to choose and bring the idols of both the lords. Two members of the Sangh Shri Virendra Mansookhlal Vadalia and Shri Kamlesh Javerilal Lodaya took the initiative. They traveled to Rajasthan, and choose two 14-inch flawless marble made idols. They also had the task of selecting the best available marble for the temple. The flooring of the rang-mandap was also choosen by them; today the marble floor looks beautiful and inviting.

The Anjanshalaka (Smearing of collyrium to the eyes of the image) of both the idols took place in Kutch by Param Pujya Acharya Shrimad Vijaygunodaysurishwarji Maharaj Saheb. Shri Kamlesh Javerilal Lodaya and Shri Virendra Mansookhlal Vadalia made a trip to Kutch to bring the idols to Kochi.

When the idols finally reached the land of god's own country, a large congregation of people arrived at the airport with Dhol, Nagara, and Shankh to welcome the lord. Tears of joy filled the eyes at the sight of the Shri Aadinath Bhagwan and Shri Guru Gautam Swami devotees rejoiced, their joy breaking forth into hymns devotional. Non - Jains also came to see the Lord enthralled by the beating of dhol, nagara and Jayjaykaar. The idols were taken to the temple in a grand procession. Sthapna of the idols as parona was done at Shri Dharamnath Jinalay. Shri Sakarchand Shah was honored to place the idols at his residence for two days before finally taking to Derashar as per the Muhurat fixed for it. Dharamnath Jinalay. Shri Sakarchand Shah was honored to place the idols at his residence for two days before finally taking to Derashar as per the Muhurat fixed for it.

The presence of the lord generated exuberance, believers experienced peace and happiness; the renovation task undertaken was reaching a prolific completion ahead of anticipation as if the gods themselves willed it.

Ardent devotee of Navkaar Mantra, Shri Narendrabhai Nandu was invited for Paryushan Parv in 2003. His motivation and incitement earned a record collection for the temple. The chadar (a method of collecting instant voluntarily donations) of Anukampadaan stretched by Shri Mumukshu Mitra Mandal also found one ring made of gold. A Mumukshu Mandal member's father suggested that the ring be auctioned. The Cochin Jain temple being a sacred place, generosity strides unreservedly among the devotees. The two highest bidders who received the rings were filled with feelings of benevolence, which made them to hand it over back to the temple. What followed afterwards was unprecedented in living history; it was evidence enough that the inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man: members were overwhelmed with the feeling of kindheartedness resulting in a fountain of offerings. The temple received a donation of fifty-two chains, coins, rings made of gold and diamonds. Grafted in the hearts the love of lord, and by observing true religion, has helped to cultivate goodness among the members of the Sangh.

On the 26th September 2004 Shri Yatishree Motisagar Maharaj Saheb and Shri Nandubhai came for the bolis' for the Shatabdi and Pratishtha Mahatsov. Yet again record bolis' were made.

On 7th November 2004 the invitation card of the Mahatsov were ready to be distributed, a special programme called Kanku Chhatna was arranged for the purpose. Shri Praveen Maganlal Shah the chief donor of this Mahatsov wrote on the first invitation card, which was for Shri Dharamnath Bhagwan. The next set of invitation was written in the name of all the Idols of the lords that are present in the temple.

The Pratishta Mahotsav of Bhagawan Chandrprabh temple at Cochin will be performed on 13th December 2004 under the guidance of Sri Yetishree Motisagar and Narendrabhai Nandu. A fourteen-inch tall idol of Shri Aadinath will be installed at the temple. On the occasion of Shatabdi Jain flag hoisting and panchkalyanak puja will also be performed. Philanthropic members of the Jain sangh have sponsored breakfast, Lunch and dinner arrangements for all the six days of Mahotsav.

The morning stars sing together, for the ushering of the advent of Mahotsav. Members of the sangh are rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of anticipation.


There are days which, as luck would wish to bestow, occur in the life of an individual, wherein the world around reaches its perfection; when the air, the heavenly bodies and the earth, make a harmony, as if goodness would delight her offspring; when, in these convivial hours, nothing is left to desire that we have heard of; those truly are the happiest moment. At the onset of the Mahaotsav and Prathishta, we bask in the shinning hours, when everything that life has given gives sigh of satisfaction, with these tranquil thoughts, we keenly await for the arrival of the gods.

The divine sky will witness the immortal year 2004 in the history of Jain Cochin temple.