With the continuous rise in the membership and religious/social activities, the current temple and the Jain Center facility is not adequate and there is a need for a larger facility. Hence, a 5.25-acre parcel of land was purchased in 2011 in Beltsville, Maryland near the crossing of I-495 Capital Beltway and I-95. The Jain Society is working on building a temple complex with 2 new Shikharbandhi Jain Temples (Shwetambar and Digambar) to establish and maintain a place of worship, along with a large Community Center for religious, educational, social, interfaith, cultural and other related activities.
The Shwetambar temple will have Shankheshwar Parshwanath Bhagwan as Moolnayak. Other Tirthankar murties will be of Bhagwan Adinath, Shantinath, Munisuvrat Swami & Neminath in Gabhara, and Shantinath, Chandrapraphu, Mahavir Swami and Simandhar Swami in Rang Mandap. The Digambar temple will have Adinath Bhagwan as Moolnayak and other murties will be of Parshwanath & Mahavir Swami in Gabhara, and Shantinath, Naminath and standing murties of Bahubali and Bharat. Both temples will also have murties of several Gandhar, Dev, Devi and Guru. In addition to the 6000 sq. ft. temple complex, the adjoining educational/social community center will be about 24000 sq. ft. and will have Upashray, Sthanak, class rooms, dining hall, kitchen, library, conference room, office and a multi-purpose hall, etc.
The final drawings for the Shikharbandhi Temples and the Community Center have been submitted to the county for approval. JSMW is aggressively proceeding to raise funds for the project. Khat muhurat (Khanan Vidhi) was performed in June 2017. Sheelanyas Vidhi is planned in 2018. Current planned date for Pratishtha is fall 2019.
Address: 4241 Ammendale Rd, Beltsville, MD 20705
Conveniently accessible from I-495 and I-95 (¼ mile from I-95, exit 29A and 2 miles north of Capital Beltway I-495)
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