As many of you may be aware, we as Halari Visa Oshwals have been involved in JAINA for several years and we have significant impact every time we are involved. I have seen it from JAINA at Chicago to Canada to Philadelphia to Edison. We have been involved at several different levels.
To re-cap our involvement in JAINA at Edison:
We had Oshwals from different corners of the word at Edison JAINA. From Kenya Rangoli group, from England HVO president of UK, Ahswin Shah and Secretary, Shailesh Shah; several guests from India, from coast to coast of Canada and all over the USA. We had a get together on Saturday afternoon in the Sheraton and created a mini Halar in Edison.
The opening prayer was performed by Misty Shah of Vestal, NY.
Evening cultural program: Chandrakant and Ishani Shah (MA), not only co-ordinated the evening programs, but also performed Hasya Chintamani, and Ahm na Odkar. Written and directed by Chandrakant Shah.
There was a fabulous display of Rangoli Samovasaran by a Rangoli group from Kenya.
Many of you may be aware JAINA does significant work in conjunction with Virayatan and the Virayatan stall was managed by Arun Shah (NY) and his family.
Swami Shrut Pragya, has ashram in Rajkot and lots of followers of his yoga teachings. His US institutions stall was managed by Velji Bid(NJ) and his family.
Acharya Shushil Kumarji co founded JAINA with Gurudev Chitrabhanu. We have two of our Oshwals are very active in his Ashram Siddhachalam in Blairstown, NJ.
Tansukh Maru (NJ) is a presentative to United Nations as Non Governmental Organization from Siddhachalam and Jayanti Galaiya (NJ) has been a senior trustee of Siddhachalam for many years.
JAINA recognized few people for doing outstanding work in various areas. Our own Manu Shah of Hanover, MD was recognized for doing such a work in Silver Spring, MD Jain center.
Raju Shah (DC/MD) has been active in YJA for many years and Deepa Galaiya (RI/NJ) is North East regional representative of YJA. YJA is Young Jain of America, a chapter of JAINA for our youths.