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Jain Center of Greater Phoenix (JCGP) is a Jain temple in Phoenix, Arizona. It was established 25 years ago. It represents about 150 families in the Phoenix metro area.[1]

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1 History 2 Architecture 3 Gallery 4 See also 5 References

History[edit]

Manastambha at Jain Center of Greater Phoenix (JCGP)

Of the total Jain population in Phoneix, about half live in the East Valley. Most arrived in the 1980s, at which time they did not have a permanent meeting place and met in local elementary schools.[2] In 2005, JCGP acquired 4 acres of land for building a Jain Temple in Phoenix. Pratistha event was held from December 20 to December 26, 2008.[1] The temple is located at 6250 S. 23rd Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85041 USA.[3] The Hindu community also has a temple on another four acres next to the Jain Center, known as the Shree Nathji temple.[4] Architecture[edit] The building uses white Makrana marble on the inside. The primary deities have been brought in from India, 51-inch high statues of Mahavir and Adinath. Behind the primary deities, 24 inches have been carved out to include 15-inch-high statues of tirthankars. Above the sanctum sanctorum, a 61 feet pinnacle or shikhara has been constructed.[4] The entrance of the temple includes a sandstone archway and a 41-foot Manastambha (nonviolence monument) stands outside the temple.[4] Gallery[edit]

Exteriors of the Jain temple in Phoenix, Arizona

Both Digambar and Shwetambar statues are placed in the same sanctum sanctorum

Front entrance of the Jain temple

Rishabhantha idol

Mahavir Swami idol

Main vedi

See also[edit]

Jainism portal North America portal United States portal Arizona portal

Jainism in America Jain Center of America Brampton Jain Temple

References[edit]

^ a b "Jain community dedicates temple in south Phoenix".  ^ "Valley Jain community breaks ground on spiritual center". East Valley Tribune.  ^ "105-86-002R Search Results - Maricopa County Assessor's Office".  ^ a b c "Ancient Jain religion has new temple in Phoenix". East Valley Tribune. 

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