Jains and Hindus Celebrate Together in Michigan

June 13, 2003

Source: The Associated Press


On June 13, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "members of the Bharatiya Temple of Lansing are celebrating the consecration of the gods, a ceremony they believe gave their temple life and divine power... About 900 mid-Michigan families attend the temple to practice Hinduism or Jainism, two related religions that began in India... It is the fifth anniversary of the consecration of the temple's seven groups of Hindu gods... It's the third anniversary of consecrating the two Jain Tirthankaras, revered as liberated souls and teachers of the religion who lived thousands of years ago... And it's the first year the temple is celebrating both anniversaries together."