Toronto: Jain Society of Toronto Inc. announced recently that it will build a new Cultural Centre and Shikharbandhi Temple. Located in a mega retail zone, over four acres of prime land it will be a centre of excellence and inspiration for the Jain youth and generations to come.
A unique double ghabara Shikarbandhi Temple has been fashioned to be home to both Digambar and Swetambar Jains. Carvings and idols will be carefully custom crafted in India and make their journey to Toronto. Located tastefully below the ghabaras is the pride and treasure of Jain artifacts and history. Chronicling the many stages and various idols, the Jain Museum is likely to attract tourists from all over the world. The cultural centre will be spread over 48,000 square feet with a dining hall fit to serve 500 people at one time. Education being a spinal core of Jainism, this site will host up to 8 classrooms for pathshala, discussion and workshops. The Upashreya will host a unique sub-sect of Jains as they worship and discuss Jain philosophy together and on a regular basis. This discussion leads to fruitful and deep understanding of the holy scriptures. Our Seniors will enjoy intimate company in a thoughtful Seniors’ Lounge. Equipped with special needs, comfort seating and learning tools this Lounge is a haven for Senior’s to pass their time. A well appointed and highly regarded Jain Library will protect and share the scriptures, dialogues and writings that promote Jain knowledge, history and philosophy. The entire building is supported by 24 key pillars, each being named after one of twenty four thirthankars.
Yashwant Malaiya, E-Mail: [email protected]