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  The  Jain center of Buena Park, Southern California  celebrated the  inauguration of the new temple and cultural complex on October 5, 2008.  A Colorful procession marks opening of Jain Center in Buena Park. The Jain Center has about 1,000 families.  
  The Jain Center celebrated 11 day Pratishtha Mahotsav to inaugurate the new Jain temple complex. The Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC)s massive 11 day Pratishtha Mahotsav event culminated on October 4, with a grand procession. It was a splendid sight for the many residents and passersby as the seemingly endless train of over 2,000 colorfully adorned people and spectacular floats meandered through the thoroughfares of Buena Park accompanied by dancing and singing and ladies bearing kalashs on their heads.
  Marble idols of Tirthankara ride in convertibles as 2,000 people in bright garb walk to the  $6-million temple, the spiritual home of about 1,000 families in Southern California.     

 
A Colorful procession marks opening of Jain Center in Buena Park.

   The new $20-million complex replaces a much smaller temple that opened in 1988. That original building was the first independent Jain temple in the United States. The new $20- million Jain temple complex, celebrating a religion that promotes nonviolence and vegetarianism, and shares with Hinduism the concepts of nirvana and reincarnation. 
   Brilliant white marble gives the main temple a stunning appearance with its 24 magnificently carved semi columns and 4 circular pillars weighing 10,000 lbs each. The ceiling , a dome or rangmandap is a breathtaking carving , 22 feet in diameter with a first layer of 192 elephants , a second of 108 Thirthankars and several others of exquisite designs. Three existing original Tirthankar idols which were already in the old complex are installed in a sparkling  white Garbha Grah on the main altar with Mahavirswami in the center,  Rushabhadev on the right and Parshvanath on the left. Two additional new idols Mahvirswani (Anjanshalaka) and Neminath ( Digambara tradition) are placed on two individual altars on the right and left of the main altar respectively. A bhamati with idols of 24 Tirthankars in individual Gokhlas surrounds the Garbha Grah.

     
The new $20- million Jain temple complex, celebrating a religion that promotes nonviolence and vegetarianism. The main temple a stunning appearance with its 24 magnificently carved semi columns and 4 circular pillars weighing 10,000 lbs each.. 

  The new worship complex marks the second of three phases in construction of a $20 million complex on Commonwealth Avenue. Its design is based on existing temples in India and was custom-built using yellow limestone and white marble imported from Asia. It is decorated with 
carvings, paintings and murals reflecting Jain heritage. Marble elephants, their  trunks raised, guard the doors to the temple. Construction began in early 2007 and finished last month, paid for entirely by the Jain community.

  

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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