Jain Center of America

The Jain Center of America (JCA) was the first Jain temple organized and registered in America, in 1976. The temple is located at 43-11 Ithaca Street, in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. [1] The temple houses shrines for Mahavir in the Śvētāmbara tradition, Rishabhanatha in the Digambar tradition, Upashraya in the Sthanakvasi tradition and a meditation hall for the Shrimad Rajchandra tradition.

Jain Center of America
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The Jain Center of America, in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City
Governing bodyJain Center of America, Inc. New York
Location43-11 Ithaca Street
Elmhurst, Queens, New York City
Jain Center of America is located in New York City
Jain Center of America
Location within New York State
Jain Center of America is located in New York
Jain Center of America
Jain Center of America (New York)
Jain Center of America is located in the United States
Jain Center of America
Jain Center of America (the United States)
Geographic coordinates40°44′36.9″N 73°52′35.5″W / 40.743583°N 73.876528°W / 40.743583; -73.876528Coordinates: 40°44′36.9″N 73°52′35.5″W / 40.743583°N 73.876528°W / 40.743583; -73.876528
Date established1973, 2005

JCA is a 16,625 square feet (1,544.5 m2), with four stories and a cellar. The temple can accommodate over 500 people at one time. The most distinctive and unique feature of the JCA Temple is the manner in which it has managed to unite of the Jain faith under one roof, with each tradition having its own worshipping space, to preserve their unique tradition and identity and at the same time foster greater harmony and unity among all its members.[1]


The plans for a Jain temple, the very first in the western hemisphere, were announced in 1973 by Prof. Narendra Sethi, a professor of Management at St. John's University, then the president of the Jain Center of New York, at a Diwali celebration, where Gurudev Chitrabhanu was the main speaker.[2] This was the year of 2500th Nirvana anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the temples projected cost was to be $250,000.[3]

The Jain Center of America - New York (JCA) was the first Jain Center registered in USA in 1976. In its early years, the JCA NY Center had no place to worship. In 1981, the center acquired its first temple building in the borough of Queens, New York. In June 2005, the JCA NY celebrated its Pratishta Mahotsav in the newly constructed temple at 43-11 Ithaca St, Elmhurst, Queens, NY, replacing the original 1981 structure.


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  1. ^ a b "About JCA". Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  2. ^ JAIN SECT PLANS TEMPLE IN QUEENS: Building to Be First in West for Old Indian Religion, GEORGE DUGAN, New York Times, 5 Nov 1973
  3. ^ Iconoclastic Jain Leader Is Likened to Pope John: Support Claimed Long Practice of Silence Short Meditations Offered, GEORGE DUGAN. New York Times, 18 Dec 1973

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