First Jain Temple in Central Ohio / History of Jainism in Ohio

First Jain Temple in Central Ohio / History of Jainism in Ohio (HM1ZVB)

Location: Lewis Center, OH 43035 Delaware County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 11.077', W 82° 59.471'

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First Jain Temple in Central Ohio
"Souls render service to one another"
The Jain Center of Central Ohio was established on May 12, 1991. The foundation stone of the Jain temple, the first of its kind in Central Ohio, was laid down on October 15-16, 2011. The temple was dedicated on July 19-23 2012. More than 1,000 people from all across Ohio, many other states, and India participated in holy rituals to install deities of Jina (translated as "spiritual victors" and God). Following the rituals, the temple was opened for regular worship. The Jain Center is a place for the teaching of non-violence, reverence for live, and compassion for all beings. The Jain principle of karma states, "As you sow, so shall you reap."

History of Jainism in Ohio
"Ahimsa Parmodharam-Non-injury to all living things"
Shri Virchand Raghavji Ghandi (1864-1901), a disciple of Acharya Vijayanandsurijl (Atmaramji) Maharaj (1830-1896), introduced the Jain religion to North American during the Parliament of the World's Religions held in September 1893 at Chicago. A year later, Gandhi introduced Jainism to Ohio during a visit to Cleveland. The Jain religion recognizes twenty-four Tirthankars (fordmakers) during the present era. The twenty-fourth and last Tirthankar was Lord Mahavira (599-527 BCE). The basic principles
of Jainism are Ahimsa (nonviolence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (nonstealing), Brahmacharya (chastity), and Aparigraha (nonmaterialism). The faith's motto is "live and help others to live". Jains strive to conduct themselves according to Lord Mahavira's words: I grant forgiveness to all living beings, and all living beings grant forgiveness to me. I am on friendly terms with all. I have no animosity towards anybody."
Year Placed2016
Placed ByJain Center of Central Ohio The Ohio History Connection
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 10:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 330486 N 4450149
Decimal Degrees40.18461667, -82.99118333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 11.077', W 82° 59.471'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 11' 4.62" N, 82° 59' 28.26" W
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Area Code(s)740, 614
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6801-6843 County Rd 10, Lewis Center OH 43035, US
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