Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mahavir Jayanti celebrated

Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla has said that Government is committed to equitable development of every sections.

This was stated by the Minister while addressing a gathering at the 2612th birth anniversary celebration of Lord Mahavira at Gen. Zorawar Singh auditorium, Jammu University, organized by SS Jain Sabha (SSJS).

MLA Ashok Khajuria, Director General IMPA, Pamod Jain, President SSJS Virender Jain, President Chamber of Commerce, Y V Sharma and Jain families in large numbers present on the occasion.

Mr. Bhalla said Government has prepared a plan of Rs. 2.18 crore for construction of 3-storey Jain Community Hall at Panama Chowk near Bahu Plaza, adding that the community hall would be constructed over an area of 12168 sq feet. He said the multipurpose community hall would be constructed on modern lines with the facilities of parking slot, landscaping, kitchen and toilet blocks. He asked the R&B to complete the prestigious project within stipulated time so that the targeted community could be benefitted at the earliest. He said on its completion they can arrange their social as well as religious functions on nominal fee. On the occasion, the Minister announced Rs. 10 lakh out of Constituency Development Fund.

Describing Lord Mahavira's teachings as of more relevance in present time for heralding peace, prosperity and amity in the State, the Minister said that today's society is lurching in materialistic needsand greeds and spirituality is the only tool to liberate them from this unending web of self destruction.

Extending greetings to the Jain community on the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, Mr. Bhalla said that this day is a holy festival and basic idea behind such celebrations is to attain spiritual excellence by maintaining ethical behavior and following proper code of conduct.

The Minister said Mahavir Jayanti has greater religious significance for people belonging to the Jain religion. He said Mahavira preached the essence of life, virtue and non-violence towards all living beings and exhibited an exemplary control over his senses which later earned him the name of Mahavira.

On the occasion, Sadhvi Vaibhav delivered sermons and urged upon the gathering to follow the preaching of Bhagwan Mahavir like Satya and Ahimsa. The students of Shri Mahavir Jain Higher Secondary School, Jain Taruni Mandal, Shraman Sangh, Jain Dharmik Pathshala highlighted the teachings and life of Lord Mahavira through cultural programme. The Minister distributed mementos among the meritorious children of Jain community.

Earlier, Mr. Bhalla also visited Sanjay Nagar Ward No. 46 and kick started upgradation work of lanes and drains, for which Government has earmarked Rs. 12 lakh. He asked the JMC to complete all the allied works within stipulated time frame.

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