JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

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


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

Apr 2012

2012 Executive Committee


Mr. Kamlesh Shah

(919) 270-5111


Vice President

Mrs. Rekha Banker

(919) 676-4548



Mr. Anand Shah

(919) 678-9475


Food Coordinator

Mr. Ajay Shah

(919) 655-5084


Youth Coordinator

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Sejal Shah





Hindu Center


Mr. Kamlesh Shah

(919) 481-2377


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341 8894






Mr. Pratyush Mehta

Chapel Hill, NC

(919) 967-6270


Mr. Pritesh Shah

Raleigh, NC

(919) 786-1377

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Cary, NC

(919) 270-5111

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Kirit Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,

The month of April brings warmer weather especially in South and also marks the start of spring. This month, Jains all over the world celebrate the “Birth of the spiritual leader who gave us Ahimsa” - Bhagvan Mahavir. JSCNC will celebrate this auspicious occasion on Apr 21 at the “Hindu Bhavan Main Hall”. Read the Announcement section for more details on the program. We are blessed to have so many volunteers come forward.

As a reminder, if you know someone who is new to the community or is not receiving this newsletter, please let me know so I can add them to our distribution. This is the primary vehicle for communicating with all JSNC embers.


Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Pathshala Corner
  5. How to Support Jain Study Center of NC

1. Monthly Meeting

The community holds its monthly meetings at the Hindu Temple in Morrisville, NC.

We invite everyone to attend the monthly meetings.

Please inform our Food Coordinator, Mr. Ajay Shah for planning purposes if you are planning to attend.

We will be celebrating the birth of Bhagvan Mahavir on Apr 21, 2012.


Apr 21, 2012

2. Announcements

Mahavir Jaynti 2012 Celebration

JSCNC will celebrate Mahavir Jayanti on Sat April 21. This year's celebrations will take place in Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall to better accommodate our growing needs. We are also switching to an afternoon format followed by Swamivatsalya (Dinner). There is mandatory dress rehearsal for all cultural program participants. As announced previously, the dress rehearsal date and time has been changed. The dress rehearsal will be on Sat Apr 14 from 9:30 - 1:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but the change was beyond our control due to HSNC rental conflicts.  

MJ 2012 Program Schedule.

(Please note the new dinner start time.)

2:00 pm - Puja & Swapna Darshan

4:00 pm - Welcome address

4:30 pm - Cultural Program

6:00 pm - Swamivatsalya/Dinner


  • Please park only in designated spaces.
  • Please remove your shoes before entering the main hall.
  • Wear clean Puja attire if you are participating in Puja.  Be there at 1:45pm sharp if your child is in Puja.
  • The children, choreographers and program directors have done a lot of hard work. We should do our part by observing silence during the items and be generous applauding them.

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 puts in a lot of planning in place but your support - financial and volunteer - makes this program a huge success. To help us cover the cost of the MJ program, this year we have received overwhelming support from the community at large ! We have had several lead financial sponsors as well as numerous volunteers to lead various parts of the program coordination.On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who has stepped forward to volunteer. I would also like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors for covering the cost of Swami Vatsalya; HSNC Hall and Audio System rental; Kids lunch and snacks for rehearsal as well as final program and finally for participation awards and certificates.





Nipun & Sue Shah

Fayetteville, NC


Shantibhai & Induben Mehta

Fayetteville, NC


Ramnikbhai & Lataben Zota

in memory of “Kiran Zota-Stull”

Morrisville, NC


Harshadbhai Varia

Raleigh, NC


Harshadbhai & Jyotsna Shah

Raleigh, NC


Vasant & Prabha Sejpal

Burlington, NC



Weekly Mahavir Puja

We are requesting additional volunteers to perform Mahavir Puja every Saturday in the Hindu Temple. The Puja is very simple and takes less than one hour. This is a great way to teach children, especially young children to prepare them with this ritual. This is a great opportunity for children to learn so they are confident to perform a puja when we visit pilgrimages in India. If we can find at least 6 families, each family will get their turn ONCE every six weeks. Children will learn how to do the kesar pooja and all aspects of Asht prakari Pooja. 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 drop her a note.

99 Yatra - Palitana

JAINA organized Navanu (99) Yatra from Nov 2011 - Jan 2012. Our Jain Sangh was represented by Shri Arvind & Aruna Shah of Raleigh, NC. On behalf of JSCNC Sangh, we recognized this accomplishment during the last meeting. Arvindbhai also told us about his experience and how the whole yatra was organized. For more information, see the original announcement from JAINA here: http://www.jain-temple.org/newsletters/Jain%2099%20Tirth%20Yatra%202011.pdf

Shri Arvindbhai sharing his experiences with the community

Kumkum Tilak by Anoopbhai to Shri Arvindbhai & Arunaben

Shri Anoop Vora visit

Shri Anoop Vora gave us a very good presentation on how to control Kashayas in daily life. If you did not receive a copy of the presentation (sent earlier via google group), please let me know. On behalf of JSCNC, Mr. Kamlesh Shah thanked him and presented him ‘Forks over Knives’ DVD.



3. Upcoming Activities

Ths JSCNC 2012 calendar is online. 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.

Adopt a 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 was named in honor of Mr. Lalit Banker.

When: 9:00 AM April 29th, 2012

Where: Highway 54

Notes: We typically meet near Neomonde Restaurant. 10235 Chapel Hill Road (Hwy. 54), Morrisville, NC 27560. For more information, please contact Mr. Pritesh Shah

Home Phone - 919-786-1377

Cell Phone - 919-609-6301

email - gujjunc@yahoo.com

4. Pathshala Corner

JSCNC Pathshala serves our young kids to instill spiritual development, self-awareness and promote Jain identity in individuals, based on the principles of Jainism. The teachers pay special attention to the needs of young and older groups and have structured curriculum as such.


The Paathshala classes take place every first Sunday of the month from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Hindu Temple Cultural Hall AND on 3rd Sundays during the monthly meeting. If you plan to attend and/or need more information, please call Mrs. Rita Lodaya or Mrs. Sejal Shah. Paathshala e-mail address is JSCNCpathshala@yahoo.com.

/Sign-out Process

I wanted to remind everyone that children's safety is our utmost concern. Our pathshala attendance continues to grow. All pathshala classes are held on safe premises of Hindu Center, however there is considerable traffic in the parking lot. To help pathshala teachers maintain order and keep everyone safe, we are asking all the parents to sign in and sign out their kids - irrespective of the age of their child - during the 1st Sunday pathshala. We request very basic information (Who, When and emergeny contact). We will use this process for all future youth activities. The goal of this process is to balance convenience and children’s safety.

Please continue to follow this process. It is important to cooperate with the teachers for the safety of your children.

6. Supporting our center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)