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For temple visits please call
    (301) 260-1264
    (301) 384-9550
    (301) 476-7620

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 4548
Silver Spring, MD 20914
Click here to see the JSMW Bhoomi Poojan Video and Pictures (New Temple)

We will have a Special General Body Meeting on March 29th, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Jain Center.

Following will be the agenda for the meeting:

1) Review and approval of Minutes from Annual General Body Meeting.
2) New Temple Progress and Updates
3) Other Agenda of General Interest
4) Elections

Click here to find the Rules and regulations for the Elections and the nomination form.

Ashok Shah will serve as the chair along with Raju Desai and Jayesh Metha as the election officers. Members interested in serving our Jain Society should send the enclosed nomination form by March 1st, 2015 to Election Officers - Ashokbhai Shah, Raju Desai or Jayesh Mehta.

President's Welcome MessageLogo

Jai Jinendra.

This has been a very special year for Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW). Wednesday, August 19, 2014 was the 25th Prathista Anniversary of our Temple. This day was celebrated by our Sangh with a dinner get-together, Bhakti-Bhavna and Daandia Raas at our temple. Even on a weeknight, over 200 people joined this joyous occasion. 2014 has been a year full of events and celebrations.

Young Jains of America (YJA) provided JSMW with the opportunity to host 2014 YJA Convention in Washington Metro Area. With the support of our volunteers, this event was held from July 4-6 at Gateway Marriott, Crystal City, VA. The event was attended by more than 700 young Jains from across the country.

Paryushan Parva was celebrated with Samirbhai Shah and Daslakshan was celebrated with Dr. Kamalaji Mehta. Our summer was blessed with visits and spiritual discourses from several Jain scholars: Champakbhai Mehta, Falguniben Zaveri, Tarlaben Doshi, Nirmal Sagarji, Samirbhai Shah, Dr. Kamalaji Mehta, Samanji Ritu Pragyaji & Aagam Pragyaji (India) and Samanji Bhavik Pragyaji & Sangh Pragyaji (New Jersey) and Dhirajbhai Mehta. We are grateful to each and every one of them for sharing knowledge and wisdom from Jain Literature.

September 13, 2014 marked a major milestone accomplishment on the journey to build our very own Shikharbandhi Jinalaya. Under the guidance of Narendrabhai Nandu, we performed the ?Bhoomi Poojan & Bhoomi Shuddhi?poojan at our new temple site. Many members of our Sangh were present to witness this historic poojan. What a Beautiful Celebration! Details of this historic poojan are in this newsletter.

This year during Aashwin month we celebrated all nine days of ?Ayambil ni Oli?at JSMW (September 30 ?October 8). Following 11 of our members did complete Ayambil ni Oli (all nine days) at our Center. Aruna Shah, Bharti Khajuria, Jhalak Mehta, Narendra Knona, Navin Vora, Niya Maloo, Poonam Shah, Rakhi Modi, Shefali Dalal, Shilpa Udani and Sonal Ajmera.

The year is almost over. Elections for New Executive Committee and Trustees will be held on December 14th, 2014. I request all members to attend the general body meeting and take active part in our Jain Society. Building a new Jain temple is a once in a lifetime event for all of us. I request all of you to pitch in and help in this monumental process. I would like to thank all the members who have pledged and sent in their donations. For individuals or families that have pledged, but have yet to send in your donations, now is the time to take advantage for the 2014 tax year.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I take this opportunity to thank all our members for their continued support and participation within the community. Please send me your suggestions/comments for improvements in our services to the community to president@jainsocietydc.org.

Paresh Shah, President.

Click here to see the JSMW Patistha Pictures (at Briggs Chaney Road)
and other events pictures from the Past.....



For thousands of years, Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga, meditation and environmentalism. Jains believe in the existence of eternal and divine SOUL in each living being.

Jain Way Of Life respects and honors these souls through:

  • Non Violence
  • Non Possessiveness
  • Non Absolutism
Non Violence

is respect for the life of all living beings in thoughts, words and deeds. For this reason, Jains are compassionate and forgiving and practice vegetarianism.

Non Possessiveness
is balancing of needs and desires, while staying detached from our possessions. This stems from the respect for our environment.
Non Absolutism

is respect for the views of the others. Jains encourage and dialogue and harmony with other faiths.

We are interdependent on each other and by living a Jain Way Of Life we can bring peace and spirituality to our lives and to those around us.