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Translation and explanation of Pratikramana Stotras in English By Rati Dodhia [Email address: rdodhia #AT# gmail.com - replace #AT# with @ ]
Jaina scriptures have prescribed six necessary duties for a Jaina householder, which are: sämäyika, chaturvimashati stava, vandanaka, Pratikramana, käyotsarga and pratyäkhyäna. Pratikramana is the central theme of these necessary duties as all the other five are included in it.
Mrs. Manugauri Moticahnd Shah of Nairobi, Kenya passed away on May 11, 2013 in San Jose, California, USA.
Manuben is survived by her husband Motichand Nathoo Shah, three children, Milan, Nipul and Sajal, and five grand-children. She was the eldest daughter of late Narshi Jetha and Motiben Shah of Sikha thereafter Meru, Kenya. Read the rest of this story»
The Oshwals-North America Group was started a few years ago by early immigrants of the Oshwal Community to communicate and socialize with people who share a common culture, beliefs, background and heritage. It was also meant to pass on the legacy of our rich culture and heritage to future generations. Over the years, just like the daily ‘Saas-Bahu’ soap takes a generation leap, so has our group. Today the Young Adults of the group are much more dynamic, diversified and multi-cultured. At heart we still value the Indian traditions & beliefs but have also adapted ourselves to the American-style of living. Even-though we are separated by huge distances, we want to communicate, share, socialize, and network more often than before and hence the extension of the Oshwal group into HVO Youth Club.
NY metro area picnic will be on Father’s Day, June 16th, at Merrill Park in Iselin (near Edison), NJ.
This location was hit couple years back as it is close to Indian shopping area of Edison and is centrally located to our community. We will have fun filled day with everyone’s participation. We will try to have activities for everyone to participate and enjoy. Also make suggestions if you have any ideas. We need volunteers to organize games.
Congratulations to Atish (son of Aruna and Anil Haria of Round Rock, TX) and Kavita (daughter of Jagruti and Satish Bhakta of San Antonio, TX) on their wedding on October 27, 2012, at La Fontana Springs Event Centre, San Antonio, TX. Family and friends from all over the United States, Kenya, UK, and India joined in the celebration of this auspicious occasion. Atish and Kavita have settled in Austin, TX. We wish the couple all the best and a lifetime of happiness!
Bangalore Samaj has sent an open invitation for the grand opening of the wadi on May 3rd to 5th, 2013.
Bangalore Samaj has built a fabulous five story wadi near Vimalnath Halari Jain Deharasar in Baseswara nagar (90% of Halaris in Bangalore live within three miles). It has provision for the hostel on the top floor with separate kitchen. Parking is in the basement. Dining hall with kitchen is on the lower floor. Next floor has a main hall with a capacity of over 1000 people and it opens to two floor for excellent view of the event. The two top floors has 20 plus rooms. The invitation and HVO Samaj Bangalore web does have artist’s rendering of the building from the outside. Read the rest of this story»
On Nov 3rd, 2012, over 65 Oshwals and friends gathered at a local Banquet Hall in Plano, TX to celebrate Diwali. We started the evening with Aarti and Mangal Divo, followed by a cultural program presented by kids and adults. A traditional Diwali dinner and mithai was enjoyed by all.
Kavita Shah, daughter of Priti and Nitin Shah of Nairobi, Kenya was awarded the Harrow’s Hero Award in October 2012. She is the first Kenyan Oshwal to be receive this award.
Kavita won the “Health and Wellbeing Volunteer of the Year” award for her hard work as an unpaid nutritionist within the 16 Children’s Centres in Harrow, England. She has also set up and delivered a range of courses to help people better understand the importance of healthy eating. As part of her award, she also received a cheque of £100 for her selected charity.
(note: this is part 2/2 of a series by Rati Dodhia [Email address: history #AT# oshwal-usa.org - replace #AT# with @ ]. See here for Part 1 “I am Proud to be Oshwal”)
Birth of Oshwal Sect
City of Osiya is closely related to the origin of Oshwal community. Its original name was Upkeshpattan or Upkeshpur, located in state of Rajasthan 32 miles north of city of Jodhpur. It is an ancient city built during Lord Mahavira’s time more than 2600 years ago. It was ruled by King Upaldev. He appointed his childhood friend Uhad as his chief minister.
Lord Mahavira attained nirvana about 2607 years ago. 70 years after that, Shri Ratnaprabh Suri the sixth head of Lord Parshvanath’s monastic order with his disciples went to Upkeshpur to spend the rainy season (chaturmas). While he was there a tragic event took place. King’s son was bitten by a poisonous snake. No one was able to help. One of the disciples of Suriji suggested the king to go to his guru. The king with body of the prince went to the place where the acharya was staying and begged him to revive the prince. Acharya agreed with condition that in return he will have to accept Jaina religion. Read the rest of this story»