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Jain And Hindu Center Of Elmhurst

Jain And Hindu Center Of Elmhurst

JAINA was established in 1981 with the blessings of Acharya Sushil Kumarji and Gurudev Chitrabhanuji. JAINA has grown from its initial membership of four Jain centers to sixty five centers at present, representing over 100,000 Jains. JAINA is the only organization representing all the Jains in North America irrespective of their languages, regions and traditions. It has provided a forum to foster friendship and unity among all Jains of North America.

There are over 70 organizations under the JAINA umbrella. Each organization, based on their membership size appoints 1, 2, or 3 Directors. There are 110 JAINA Directors who elect the JAINA Executive Committee every two years. Also there are over 30 specialized working groups called JAINA Committees.


To promote religious and educational activities related to Jainism and to develop better understanding of the Jain religion.
To assist existing Jain associations and promote formation of new Jain associations throughout North America.
To provide and promote academic and cultural interchanges and cooperation among Jains in North America, India and other countries around the globe.
To assist and promote charitable and humanitarian community services in North America, India and throughout the world.
To promote vegetarianism and non-violence.
To assist in the establishment of Jain Temples, Sthanaks, Pathshalas and other facilities for carrying on Jain activities.
Establish liaison with governmental and other agencies in pursuance of the above objectives.

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Jaina’s Achivements and Activities

Jaina’s Conventions: This biennial event started in 1981 has become a unique socio-religious event for the entire Jain community of North America. Our Jain Monks, Bhattaraks, Scholars, and Dignitaries from all over grace this occasion. The 17th JAINA Biennial Convention took place in Novi, MI – a suburb of Detroit in partnership with Jain Society of Greater Detroit in July 2013. The Theme for the 2013 Convention was “Jainism – The Global Impact”. All Jains are requested to mark their calendars from July 3 – 6, 2015 for the 18th JAINA Biennial Convention.

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