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First Jain Temple in Ohio / History of Jainism in Ohio

 
 
First Jain Temple in Ohio Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
1. First Jain Temple in Ohio Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  
First Jain Temple in Ohio
"Souls render service to one another"

The Jain Center of Cincinnati and Dayton was established on April 22, 1979 as a non-profit tax-exempt organization under the laws of the United States and the State of Ohio. The foundation stone of the Jain temple, the first of its kind in Ohio, was laid down on August 21-22, 1994. The temple was dedicated on September 2-4, 1995 when more than one thousand people from all over Ohio and many other states participated in holy rituals to install three idols of Jinas (Gods). The Jain Center is a place for the teaching of non-violence, reverence for life, and compassion for all beings. The center was the home of the twelfth biennial convention for the Federation of Jain Associations in North America, which was held on July 3-6, 2003.

History of Jainism in Ohio
"Ahimsa Parmodharma - Non injury to all living beings"

Shri Virchand Raghavji Gandhi, a disciple of Acharya Vijayanandsuriji (Atmaramji) Maharaj, introduced the Jain religion to North America during the Parliament of the World's Religions, which was held in Chicago on September
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11-27, 1893. A year later, on September 18, 1894, he introduced Jainism to Ohio during a visit to Cleveland. The Jain religion and its teachings of universal love are eternal and the faith recognizes twenty-four Tirthankaras (prophets) during the present era. The twenty-fourth and the last Tirthankara was Lord Mahavira (599-527 BCE). Lord Mahavira once said, "In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own." Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (chastity), and Aparigraha (non-materialism) are the basic principles of Jainism. Its motto is "live and let live and help others to live."
 
Erected 2003 by Jain Center of Cincinnati and Dayton and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionPeace. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 22, 1979.
 
Location. 39° 22.768′ N, 84° 22.585′ W. Marker is in Bethany, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is adjacent to the east facade of the Jain Temple. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6798 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Middletown OH 45044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles
History of Jainism in Ohio Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
2. History of Jainism in Ohio Marker (side B)
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Voice of America Bethany Station (approx. 2 miles away); Blaw-Knox Antenna (approx. 3.2 miles away); Interurban Railway and Terminal Company: Rapid Railway (approx. 4 miles away); City of Monroe / Monroe Historical Society (approx. 4.4 miles away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Monroe Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Chrisholm (approx. 6.3 miles away); Woodsdale (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker number, 45-31, on the face of the marker is wrong. The number on The Ohio Historical Society list is 19-9. “9” indicates Butler County, the county where the marker is located. “31” is for Hamilton County, the adjacent county.
 
First Jain Temple in Ohio / History of Jainism in Ohio Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
3. First Jain Temple in Ohio / History of Jainism in Ohio Marker
Jain Center Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
4. Jain Center Sign
View from Cincinnati-Dayton Road. Marker on other side of building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,648 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 4, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on March 6, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3, 4. submitted on November 4, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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