Jain Center of Greater Phoenix

Jain Center of Greater Phoenix (JCGP) is a Jain temple in Phoenix, Arizona. It was established in 2008. It represents about 150 families in the Phoenix metro area.[1]

Jain Center of Greater Phoenix
Jain Center of Greater Phoenix
Jain Center of Greater Phoenix
DeityMahavira, Rishabhanatha
Governing bodyJain Center of Greater Phoenix
LocationPhoenix, Arizona, United States
Jain Center of Greater Phoenix is located in Arizona
Jain Center of Greater Phoenix
Location within Arizona
Geographic coordinates33°23′23″N 112°06′28″W / 33.38960921°N 112.10774657°W / 33.38960921; -112.10774657
Date established2008

History edit

Manastambha at Jain Center of Greater Phoenix (JCGP)

Of the total Jain population in Phoenix, about half live in the East Valley. Most arrived in the 1980s, at which time they did not have a permanent meeting place and met in local elementary schools.[2]

In 2005, JCGP acquired 4 acres of land for building a Jain Temple in Phoenix. Pratistha event was held from December 20 to December 26, 2008.[1] The temple is located at 6250 S. 23rd Ave.[3] The Hindu community also has a temple on another four acres next to the Jain Center, known as the Shree Nathji temple.[4]

Architecture edit

The building uses white Makrana marble on the inside. The primary deities have been brought in from India, 51-inch high statues of Mahavir and Adinath. Behind the primary deities, 24 inches have been carved out to include 15-inch-high statues of tirthankars. Above the sanctum sanctorum, a 61 feet pinnacle or shikhara has been constructed.[4]

The entrance of the temple includes a sandstone archway and a 41-foot Manastambha (nonviolence monument) stands outside the temple.[4]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b "Jain community dedicates temple in south Phoenix".
  2. ^ "Valley Jain community breaks ground on spiritual center". East Valley Tribune.
  3. ^ "105-86-002R Search Results - Maricopa County Assessor's Office".
  4. ^ a b c "Ancient Jain religion has new temple in Phoenix". East Valley Tribune.