CORONA, CA – Hundreds of Jains gathered at the newly opened Jain Center of Corona for the murti sthapana or installation of scared idols on August 23, to officially inaugurate the center and to induct the statues that were brought to Corona from India into their final and permanent locations. The three gods that were positioned...
The idols that were presented on this day took a year to make and were made in Jaipur, India. Additional statues will join the three that are already present.
As the various idols were being unveiled to the crowd and placed in their proper positions, the master of ceremonies was raising money for the center by having the participants outdo one another to have the honor of unveiling and inaugurating the statues. Those who gained the privilege to be the first to see the idols up close and personal were allowed to gently throw flower petals and rice at the statues.
Jain Muni Sri Roopchandraji Maharaj, who was in attendance began the event by singing a few bhajans and saying a few words. The Acharya is a renowned academician, philosopher, writer, and poet. Jainism is an ancient religion from India that teaches that the way to liberation and bliss is to live a life of harmlessness and renunciation. The aim of Jain life is to achieve liberation of the soul. Jains are also strong believers in non-violence
One of the many points he made that afternoon was everyone should concentrate on the puja they are participating in and those involved should never have an unfocused mind. If there is no concentration then the connection that should take place with god will not occur. Another interesting point brought to the attention of the devotees by him was the value of quality rather than quantity.
Many devotees from various Jain Centers from the surrounding cities attended the murti sthapana ceremony which ran from 11 am to 4 pm. Nitin Shah and Raju Shah were two of the key persons present at this event.
Upon entering the main doors of the new center one is greeted by white plain walls all around with just two paintings which stand out, one of Acharya Sushil Kumar and the other of his teacher. These ideologies have been inspired by Sushil Kumarji. There are plans in the works to fill the walls, but in time.
There are an array of plans for the new center which include building a library, scripture teachings as well as yoga lessons on the premises. The aim of the center is to do meaningful work in the community and pass on the values of Jainism to future generations.