Saturday, 12 May 2012

Dr. Rudi Jansma, Jain scholar from Netherlands visited Jain temple in Jaipur

Dr. Rudy Jansma, Netherlands in Jain library, Vichakshan Bhawan, Jaipur

Dr. Rudy Jansma reading a Jain scripture

 Dr. Rudy Jansma discussing a Jain scripture with Jyoti Kothari 

Jain scholar Rudy looking at a catalog in Khartar Gachchh library, Jaipur
 Dr. Rudi Jansma, a Jain scholar from Netherlands (Holland) visited Shivjiram Bhawan today afternoon, May 11, 2012.  He met with Jyoti Kothari, secretary, Khartar Gachchh Sangh, Jaipur at his residence and then came to the headquarter of the Sangh. Both of them discussed several topics about Jainism, ecology and environment related issues. Dr. Jansma was introduced with Khartar Gachchh for the first time.

He visited Jain library at Vichkshan Bhawan, saw catalogs and read a book there. He spent lot of time there. He told that there are few libraries in Europe which can match this library. He praised the Sangh for maintaining a Jain library with such collection. Jyoti Kothari informed him that the library is digitized. 

Sri Jain Shwetambar Khartar Gachchh Sangh, Jaipur provides several facilities to foreign Jain scholars such as free food and lodging. Khartar Gachchh Sangh has become center of attraction for foreign Jain scholars.

Dr. Rudy Jansma in Shwetambar Jain temple in Jaipur

Dr. Rudy Jansma in Suparshwanath Jain temple in Jaipur

Astonished Dr. Jansma, Netherlands in a Jain temple, Jaipur

Foreign Jain scholar watching beautiful inlay work in Khartar Jain temple
 Dr. Rudi Jansma then proceeded to Sri Suparshwanath Jain temple (Panchayati Mandir) along with the secretary of the Sangh. He spent enough time in the temple viewing Tirthankar idols, beautiful inlay work, gold work in the walls and wall paintings. He was highly impressed with these intigrated carvings and the details of the paintings.

Sri Mohanlal Daga with Sri Prakash Banthia felicitating Netherland scholar at Shivjiram Bhawan
 Sri Mohanlal Daga, treasurer of the Sangh along with Sri Prakash Banthia felicitated Dr. Jansma. Jyoti Kothari invited him to come and stay long at Malpur Dadabadi for research on Jainism. He assured him facilities. Dr. Jansma replied that he would stay at Malpura for his researches in his next visit to India.

This is worth noted that several noted Jain scholars visited Khartar Gachchh Sangh including Prof. John Cort, Denyson University, Prof. Alan Babb, Massachusetts University, Ms. Ellen, New York etc.

American professor documents Jain temples in Jaipur

Malpura photographs by Lilian Haidar, New York 

Online Jain library by Khartar Gachchh Sangh

American research scholar Steven Vose visits library in Malpura Dadabadi

Pennsylvania scholar Steven Vose visits Jaipur Jain temples

 Jyoti Kothari


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