JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

509 Carriage Woods Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 U.S.A.


A tax-exempt, non-profit religious organization. Federal Tax-exempt ID (USA): 56-1305715

Apr 2016

2016 Executive Committee


Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377


Vice President

Mrs. Vaishali Shah

(919) 802-4547



Mr. Sanjay Shah

(919) 467-9884



Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Food Coordinator

Mrs. Nisha Mehta

(919) 303-4456


Jain Pathshala


Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564




Ms. Rupal Vora

(515) 991-3008


Youth Coordinators / Pathshala Teachers

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Sejal Shah

(919) 845-9593


Mrs. Shweta Shah

(919) 678-9475




Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341-8894

Special Projects

Special Projects

Board Advisor

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Paresh Gondalia


Mr. Pritesh Shah

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,

As days and months of preparations and practices culminate into the biggest JSCNC event of the year, the Mahavir Jayanti Celebration, we thank all the volunteers and sponsors in helping make this event a success.

Please join us, April 24th, in celebrating this auspicious occasion.

Wishing all participants the best of luck, and looking forward to a great event.


Bhairav Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Pathshala Corner
  5. Supporting our Center

 1. Monthly Meeting

The community holds its monthly meetings at the Hindu Temple in Morrisville, NC.  We invite everyone to attend the monthly meetings.

For planning purposes, Please inform our Food Coordinator, Mrs. Nisha Mehta, if:

a) You are not a regular attendee of the monthly meetings, but *are* planning to attend  … OR …

b) You are a regular attendee of the monthly meetings, but are *not* planning to attend

Monthly Meeting Format

10:45 am


11:00 am

Administrative/Committee Announcements

11:15 am

Adult Discourse/Discussion

12:30 pm

Item(s) / Presentation(s) by Pathshala children

12:45 pm


01:00 pm


Pathshala Format

10:45 am

Kids drop-off to new location

11:00 am

Pathshala starts

12:15 pm

Pathshala ends and pickup


No meeting this month due to Mahavir Jayanti celebrations

2. Announcements

Highway Cleanup

Our center participates in Adopt-A-Highway cleanup twice a year.  The statewide Adopt-A-Highway program was established in 1988 and is a joint effort between community volunteers and NC Department of Transportation to keep our roads clean.   JSCNC adopted a stretch of Highway 54 in Cary between Morrisville Parkway and Airport Boulevard.  This stretch is named in honor of Mr. Lalit Banker.

We will continue this tradition at the upcoming Spring cleanup this Sunday, April 10th.  This is a fun activity for children and adults, and shows our commitment to our community.

Meeting Details:

9AM on Sunday April 10th

Neomonde Restaurant on Route 54

10235 Chapel Hill Road (Hwy. 54), Morrisville, NC 27560

Please call Priteshbhai at (919) 609-6301 or email at gujjunc@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the largest events sponsored by JSCNC, is open to everyone and demonstrates the unity and generosity of JAIN community.  The Executive committee is fully dedicated to the planning,  but your support - financial and volunteer - makes this program possible and successful every year.   As such, this year has been no exception for community support.  The Executive Committee 2016, would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors..

This month, and specifically on April 24th, starting at 1:30PM, we continue the tradition to celebrate Mahavir Jayanti at the Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall.  Please see the below table for program details:

1:30 - 1:35pm

Invocation of Mahavir Jayanti Puja

1:35 - 3:00pm

Puja program conducted by Jain Youth

Ashtaprakari Puja, Swapna Darshan,  Shanti Kalash, Arti & Mangal Divo

3:30 - 3:45pm

Invocation of Cultural Program by HSNC President, and Welcome address by JSCNC President

3:45 - 6:00pm

Cultural Program presented by Jain Youth

6:00 - 7:30pm


Dinner sponsored by Jain members of Hindu Society of North Carolina


Mahavir Jayanti Program Sponsors

We would like to recognize the following families for their generous donations towards the program.   We greatly appreciate your support and contributions.






Swami Vatsalya

To be shared equally amongst:

Mr. Nimishbhai and Mrs. Avaniben Shah

Mr. Hiteshbhai and Mrs. Chetnaben Shah

Mr. Kaushikbhai and Mrs. Rekhaben Shah

Mr. Rakeshbhai and Mrs. Rimaben Shah

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC


General MJ

Dr. Ramnikbhai and Mrs. Lataben Zota

Morrisville, NC


Children goodie bags

Dr. Dipenbhai & Mrs. Pallaviben Shah

Morrisville, NC


MJ Snacks & Tea

Mr. Vasantbhai & Mrs. Prabhaben Sejpal

Burlington, NC


General MJ

Mr. Mayurbhai and Mrs. Ritaben Lodaya

Chapel Hill, NC


General MJ

Mr. Anuragbhai and Mrs. Vaishaliben Verma

Raleigh, NC


Rehearsal Food




Participant Trophies

Dr. Selenebhai and Mrs. Zankhnaben Parekh

Cary, NC

* - Amounts are approximate - Sponsors have pledged full amount based on actual cost

Mahavir Jayanti Program Practice

Beginning this year, and contrary to the past, Pathshala will continue during the period between now and Mahavir Jayanti celebrations.  This is to ensure that our children continue their learning of Jain religion in parallel to Mahavir Jayanti preparations and practices.  There are still some exceptions, though.  Please see the Pathshala Corner for complete information.


Mahavir Jayanti Program Rehearsal

The rehearsal is now finalized to be held on Monday April 18th from 6pm-10pm at the Hindu Center Main Hall.

Food Table
Please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments.



A call out for hosts - We are looking for families interested in volunteering as hosts during the monthly meeting lunches.  If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Nishaben Mehta at (919) 303-4456.


Weekly Swadhyay

As a reminder, weekly Swadhyays are now held at Dr. Ramnikbhai and Lataben Zota’s residence.

Day/Time - Tuesdays, 5:15 PM to 6:45 PM

Place - Lata and Ramnik Zota's residence

604 Tranquil Sound Dr, Cary, NC 27519

Contact - Harshad Shah - (919) 341 8894

                  Dr. Ramnik Zota -  (919) 467 2186


Weekly Mahavir Puja

Every Saturday, a Mahavir Puja is performed at the Hindu Temple.  Volunteers sign up to perform this Puja, and are assigned specific Saturdays.

The Puja is very simple and takes less than one hour.  It is a great way to teach and prepare children with this important ritual, so that they find confidence in performing it during daily routine, special occasions or even pilgrimages in India.  Children will learn how to perform the kesar Puja and all aspects of Asht prakari Puja.

Mrs. Rekha Banker, who coordinates weekly Puja, will be happy to demonstrate in person, and has several books with illustrations to help.  If you are interested, please contact her at rekla78@gmail.com or at (919) 676-4548.



3. Upcoming Activities

Please visit http://www.jscnc.org and click Events. The calendar has the most up-to-date listing of all confirmed activities for the year.  All the tithis (Lunar Days) are also posted on the online calendar.  Here is a list of some key dates:





Weekly Swadhyay (Tuesdays)

5:15 pm

Zota Residence

Mr. Harshadbhai Shah

(919) 341-8894

Weekly Mahavir Puja (Saturdays)

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekhaben Banker

(919) 676-4548

Mahavir Jayanti Cultural Program

April 24, 1:30pm

HSNC Cultural Hall

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 454-7447

4. Pathshala Corner

Mahavir Jayanti Program Practice
Beginning this year, and contrary to the past, Pathshala will continue during the period between now and Mahavir Jayanti celebrations.  This is to ensure that our children continue their learning of Jain religion in parallel to Mahavir Jayanti preparations and practices.  There are still some exceptions, which should have already been communicated by the Pathshala teachers.  In short, the first Sunday Pathshala in March and the two Pathshalas in April will be utilized for practices, and as such there will be no Pathshala on those days.


Pathshala Time and Location

Students are now attending Pathshala at the following location which is nearby to the Temple.  Parents will have to drop their kids to this location  To help you plan the drop-off and pickup, please note the meeting and pathshala schedules in the Monthly Meeting section.

New Location: 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 104, Morrisville, NC 27560
New Time: Classes will be held from 11 am to 12:30 pm on both Sundays (first and third).


The Pathshala teachers can be reached at JSCNCpathshala@gmail.com.

5. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bhairav  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)