Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The largest jain temple in Europe


श्री शंखेश्वर पार्श्वनाथाय नमः,

Last week, I visited the most sacred place for all jains in Europe. And that prompted me to write my first ever blog. So, please be gentle and patient on this holy journey.


The place is called Wilrijk, close to Antwerp, where about 300-400 jain families have built probably the largest jain temple out side India. Jains in Antwerp are exclusively engaged in diamond business and they follow paths of Shwetambar Murti Pujak and Shwetambar Sthanakwasi sects of Jainism.

The intension of this blog is to provide as much information as possible about the temple. Here is some information about the temple.


Address :
Laarstraat 34
2610 Wilrijk
Belgium

Opening hours :
7:30 am to 11:30 am, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Arati at 9:00 pm on week days,
7:30 am to 12:30 am, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Arati at 9:00 pm on week ends.
(Timings may deviate about 1 hour)


From Antwerp Central station :
Bus number 31 and 17 will bring you close to the temple.
(more information required like, which direction and which stop to get down)


Contact person :
Sewa Singh - 0032 475294463



Mulnayak (the centre God) :
Shri Shankheshwar Parshvanath Bhagwan

Other Gods :
Shri Adeshwarnath Bhagwan
Shri Mahavir Swami Bhagwan
Shri Munisuvratswami Bhagwan



Facilities :
A basic facility is available for taking bath and changing clothes. Pooja clothes are also available for men. The current temple is very holy place though it is temporary. The shift to the large temple, which is under construction since few years, is expected in July 2010 following the Pranpratishtha Mahotsav. A huge Upashray is also under construction for Sthanakwasi followers. Regular classes of Pathshala and during Paryushan, also Wyakhyan take place.



I have attached some pics that I took during my visit. Kindly, add more information in your comments.



Jay Jinendra,
Riddhi Shah




71 comments:

  1. Namo Jinanam. It is really a vary holy Jain temple.

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  2. wow cool; looks awesome. thanks for sharing.

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  3. To get to the Temple using local trasnport take bus 17 or 31 in direction UZA and get down at Kieboomsstraat. The link to route planner is www.delijn.be (its only in Dutch Languague)

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  4. Great effort by you. This will be a very useful information for people of Europe. Specially in Paryushan.

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  5. i'm living in Antwerp and just came to notice this impressive building... it is absolutely impressive

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  6. it may not be the largest Jain temple - there is the potters Bar temple in England which is larger - leicester has a big temple in uk and there is another in harrow.

    ravi

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    1. The one in potters bar is larger but the architechture is a lot worse as i have seen all the temples in both countries

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  7. HI Riddhi... Thanks for this post... I am actually visiting Sweden for 4 months of my student exchange program. Paryushan Parva is to fall in these months. I am willing enough to stay in or around this place for these 8 days if possible. Can you please give me more information or get me in touch with more people as quickly as possible? Kindly ping me on vishalbmehta441987@gmail.com

    Thanks and Regards,
    Vishal Mehta.

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  8. Wow great...good to have this information handy!!!thanks for the post :)

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  9. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD!!!

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  10. Interesting GOD indeed! I didn't know him and I'm always happy to see one more! It dilutes all the others who of course claim the ONEness status sometimes a bit too predominantly!
    Human imagination is fertile in inventing those many GODS throughout history! After all if he or they is(are) omnipotent he/they can be multiple or else go through eternity in utter boredom.
    The Greeks knew how to deal with that through Godly diversity. This one seems to like 'Crème Chantilly"! Very refreshing. With stawberries it's nice too!
    Eternity is very long especially at the end! Woody Allen
    And you know what? "I'm happy" that this GOD is non violent! Refreshing again! Keep it that way and show the ways to the rest of the "Believers"!

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  11. BIG THANKS FOR SHARING THIS INFO..

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  12. thanks riddhi for giving information please is there any arrangement for lodging

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  13. Hi, is there anything new from this construction?
    Also, is there any activity or information for non-jains?

    And many thanks for the infos! :)

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  14. Thanks for sharing
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    Ashish

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  15. hello,i have heard of prathistha mahotsav for jain temple in antwerp.i was willing my parenst to visit there during mahotsav.i m a Accountant in mumbai and my name is amit vasa ( swetambar jain).we are a middle calss family,ut i will always wished to send my parents abroad.today in newspaper i have read about antwerp pratishta.can u please guide me about the program there and also about visas.also are people coming from india for this prathistha and if so can i get ticket at concessional rates,which is affordable for me .my email id is vasaamit@rediffmail.com and cell number is +919930736527.can i get any contact number of commitee member who can assist me

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  16. Hi Riddhi
    we like to visit the Jain Temple in Antwrep.
    Any Email addres of the temple where we can get
    more information.
    we live in London
    My Email address is:saroj_45@hotmail.co.uk

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  17. Jai Jinendra, Rajesh saraiya from Kuwait,Really its a proud for Jain and best holly place out of india,Really thanks to Ms. Ridhi shah for sharing and giving best information for this. And best wishes to all Jain members & sangh of Antwerp.

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  20. Riddhi - Great Posting!!! I never knew that there is such a great and lovely Jain Mandir in Antwerp, Belgium. I reside in the US, but seems like I should make it sometime to Antwerp JUST for this. Great posting - and hope the newer temple to be built by July 2010 is as beautiful as this one. A great inspiration and source of knowledge for everyone around.

    Best,
    Kaushal Shah

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  21. Hello,

    When is the official opening of the temple due?

    Regards,
    Curious Hindu

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  22. jai jinendra
    we like to visit the Jain Temple in Antwrep.
    Any Email addres of the temple where we can get
    more information.
    we live in nairobi kenya
    My Email address is:sur_24404@yahoo.com
    thanks
    jainam

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  23. Opening will be on 27th august 2010

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  24. A Jain Singer, Jain Vidhikar, Jain Musician & Event Organiser Vijay Doshi from India. Visit www.jainsinger.com

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  25. Any website of the Temple or jain sangk of Antwerp??
    Plz mail on sidparakh@yahoo.co.in

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  26. congrectulation. it is wonderful, spiritual and v hv some place 2 go and be ourselves. remind india(home) and u brought 2 us, thanku 4 yor all hard work. god bless u

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  27. it's a matter of pride for us that during the pranpratishta mahostav on 25/08/2010 my aunt will also remain present as a writer of drama 'gandhi before gandhi' which will be played on 26/08/2010 & 28/08/2010.

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  28. any one kno abt the live video feed of the event?

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  29. Hi Riddhi, you can find more pictures of the temple and the events on my flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/deeeepak

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  30. hi,

    I live around the corner of this temple, and I'm a photographer. I would really like to make a visit to this amazing building and take some pictures. Is there any way I can email someone in charge to ask for permission?

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  31. Hi,

    I have the same question like Kevin.
    Is there a possibility to make some pictures of the building?
    Thanks!

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  32. Hello,
    I'm sorry I do not speak English very well. I am very pleased with the opening of the temple went to Antwerp I'd like to visit.
    J'habite la France près des Alpes et la ville de Genève. Je m'intéresse à la religion Jaïn parce que c'est la seule qui soit réellement non-violente et qui respecte les animaux. Je suis végétarien depuis 35 ans, j'aimerais faire connaître le Jaïnisme en France. Y a-t-il des Jaïns qui parlent français pour échanger des informations. Merci pour votre réponse à victocha@aol.com

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  33. Hi Ridhi
    We like to visit temple in Antwerp.
    Any e-mail address of temple where we can get more information

    My e-mail address
    rati@keya.co.uk

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  34. Can u live in this plafce???

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  35. Hi Ridhi,
    Jai Jinendra.
    I am Jyotsna Jain from Germany, Coming to belgium for one week, from 16th Jan 2011 till 23rd Jan.Me and my husband plan to visit the Temple? Could you please confirm the opening hours of temple.Is there any website or email ID for temple?
    My email ID is jyotsnajn@gmail.com
    Thanks a lot,
    Best Regards,
    Jyotsna

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  36. After visiting the Adinath Jain temple in Ranakpur, and being very surprised at the beauty of it. I am surprised to find there now is one so close to the place I live (The Netherlands).
    Is is possible to visit, and take pictures as a non Jain? (I am a amateur photographer, and made analogue pictures in India, therefore would now like to make digital ones).
    Do I need to make an apointment or can I just visit during opening hours? Of course this holy place can count on my respects in all ways.
    Please let me know? Many thanks in advance, Ingrid van Kuijk, email : ingridvankuijk@hotmail.com

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  37. Hello,

    I'm from a school in Antwerp and we have to do a project about young people in other ethnic and religion groups. We want to do our project about Jaïnisme and young people who follow this ideology.

    Could we come visit your tempel and observate the young people who go there ?

    Thanky you very much,

    Thibeaut and Maxim

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  39. Hi, I am Deepak Jain and have recently joined TU Eindhoven, Netherlands for PhD. Was looking if there is some Jain social group around here?

    djiitdjpr@gmail.com

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  40. Jai Jinendera,
    I am Rajesh Patni from Jaipur India.I decorate marble or wood flooring by semiprecious stones and other colorful stones called Inlay Art work.I also make jain murtie's in gem stones(semiprecious stones)also in big sizes,recantely I have made "Teen Chobisi"for New Delhi in 21" in different colors,we are also making Asthpud,Samavsaran,kalash,Maanstambh etc in Gem Stones and doing all ornament work for Tamples.
    Please visit our site www.adinathmarblesindia.com

    Regards
    Rajesh Patni
    +919414041225
    adimarbles@yahoo.co.uk
    adimarbles@gmail.com

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  41. Hello,
    Jai Jinendra,
    This is Rajiv from New Delhi. We are in the travel business and have arranged lot of Jain tours to overseas countries. We prefer to visit Jain Temples with the group and would therefore definitely visit the temple in Antwerp. However, could you please favour us the information whether Puja and Prakshal for a group of about 25 can be arranged in the temple?
    Sincerely,
    Rajiv Jain
    VARDHMAN VACATIONS
    2142-IIIrd Floor, Vishnu Kiran Chambers, Gurudwara Road,
    Karol Bagh, New Delhi - 110005 INDIA
    T: + 91 11 41557252 F 28756200 M 9811175768
    Mail to: info@vardhmanvacations,com / vardhman_vacations@yahoo.com
    Web: http://www.vardhmanvacations.com
    Member: Indian Association of Tour Operators

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  42. DEAR RIDHI SHAH,

    JAI JINENDRA
    CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR WORK.
    I AM A DOCTOR AND SHALL BE IN HOLLAND
    I WISH TO TRAVEL TO THIS TEMPLE, CAN YOU SUGGEST ME IF I CAN GET A SINGLE ACCOMMODATION IN OR AROUND FOR 1-2 DAYS.
    THANKS

    REGARDS
    DR.N.GEMAWAT

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  43. Hi
    i and my husband r planning to come to temple
    on sat 21st may i will reach brussels at 9.20am. how can i reach temple by public transport
    pls reply urgent
    dalalleena@gmail.com

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  44. sorry pls mail me details at
    dalalleenak@gmail.com

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  45. I am so happy there are temples in Europe! Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Its really nice to see the Jain Jinalay in Europe. Each part of the Jainalay is very much craved & it has so depth inside it. I'm thankful to Riddhi for making this visible for the world. I'm from USA California. Just want to know Riddhi if you or anyone can help me to get in touch base with the center. Like their website or any contact #.
    thanks for helping....

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  47. hey riddhi thnx for ur info..
    how far is d derasar frm brusels airport??
    -dhawal.sheth
    sheth_dhawal@yahoo.co.in

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  48. Please visit on following Links for further more information on Jain temple, Antwerp.....This blog is not anymore valid and non-responsive...please visit........

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jain-Cultural-Center-AntwerpJCCA/203998492984548?sk=wall

    http://www.jccavzw.org/main/contact.php

    Thanks.....

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  49. I have also visit this place.It is really very nice.

    jain pathshala

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  50. Dear Friends,

    You write 'the biggest Jain temple in Europe'.

    Is this temple bigger than the one near Potter's Bar, London ?

    Can you advise me which tram or bus will get me to the temple from Antwerp Central Station ?

    Thanks, best wishes,

    Harjinder Singh

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  51. Glad to see the huge temple of Our Revered Lord Parasvnath at Antwerp.

    kalpvraksha@gmail.com

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  52. Jai Siya Ram...Jai Lord Parshvanath ...

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  53. jai jinendra.....
    its really awsm.... m proud to be jain... n evn to be indian...

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  54. Are there any visiting timings? We wan't to visit the temple tomorrow. Please share a contact number as well, thanks.

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  55. This is really great to know about the Jain derasar located out of india.
    please share the details if you come across any such Jain derasar (Gruh or shikarbadhi) in other countries too...

    Regards

    Jignesh

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  56. Thank a lot Riddhi for writing this blog.......

    by reading this blog i was able to visit the Temple

    Regards,
    Abhishek

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  57. Can this temple be visited by non-jain? If yes, what are the customs and traditions one should take in account while visiting?

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  58. If you are not an Indian, you would not be allowed in the temple unless you make an appointment 3 days in advance. Another option would be to go there with an Indian friend (so I heard) - but I'd recommend to double check whether they refer to Indian Jains or any other Indian religion as well. The email address for the appointments is: jcca1@telenet.be

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  59. I am Suvarna from India and right now I'm in Netherlands.
    I would like to know if there are any Jains in the Netherlands

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    1. Myself Ashay Shah, located in Maastricht. I am looking to forward to meet some Jain families around. My email address is: ashay11@gmail.com.

      Is the address of the temple changed or still the same? I've been trying to locate in the google maps, but could not see it.

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    2. Hello Ashay,
      When you come to Antwerpen you can meet many Jain Familys in Tempal and Samvatasari Pratikamn at 4:30@ right time.
      Tempal Addres remain at same place.


      Jatin Shah

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  60. Hello All ,

    Any idea if this September when have a Samvatasari Pratikam organised any where close to or in the temple ?

    Best Regards,
    Tejas Mehta.
    tejas87mehta@gmail.com

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  61. Hi - a friend and I want to visit the derasar tomorrow morning on our way back to london from Bruges. Please share a contact number or opening time details for during Paryushan to seetaharia@hotmail.com. Thanks!!

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    1. Address :
      Laarstraat 34
      2610 Wilrijk
      Belgium

      Opening hours :
      7:30 am to 11:30 am, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Arati at 9:00 pm on week days,
      7:30 am to 12:30 am, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Arati at 9:00 pm on week ends.
      (Timings may deviate about 1 hour)


      From Antwerp Central station :
      Bus number 31 and 17 will bring you close to the temple.
      (more information required like, which direction and which stop to get down)


      Contact person :
      Sewa Singh - 0032 475294463

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  62. Hi
    I wish to publish the information above the Belgium Jain Temple
    Send me detail information to enable me to publish in the Nakoda Samachar, Pune(Maharashtra, India) Email : nakodasamachar@gmail.com, Cell 09373288688

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  63. Hi,
    I am planning to visit the temple. Can you please share more detail as to how to go from Antwerp Station and contact number of the person there.

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    1. Hi,
      Archit Opening hours :
      7:30 am to 11:30 am, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Arati at 9:00 pm on week days,
      7:30 am to 12:30 am, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Arati at 9:00 pm on week ends.
      (Timings may deviate about 1 hour)


      From Antwerp Central station :
      Bus number 31 and 17 will bring you close to the temple.
      (more information required like, which direction and which stop to get down)
      you can ask Bus Driver you wants to go Indian Jain Temple he will Drop you at nearest Bus Stop.

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  64. Hello

    Please find the below links on Stotra Arth and KarmaGranth.

    Stotra Arth http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8wvpBukZQn4uStH0Zftt1kKJA8j_s5jr
    Karma Granth http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8wvpBukZQn6vkI-7r-SPr1fZHiNTdDAZ

    Regards
    Bhavik Mehta

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  65. Or Simply Search Karma Granth on Youtube

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  66. hello,

    As mahavir jayanti falls on April 13th a sunday, does any one know what is the program and the details of the rath yatra, etc.

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