JAIN DERASAR - KENYA, NAIROBI
Jainism was the religion of the Dravidian people who were the pre - Aryan inhabitants of India. The philosophy, principles and tradition upon which the Jain faith was founded, over 2000 years ago, are both universal and of practical human applications. Here in Kenya we are well aware of the activities and projects already undertaken by more than 15,000 members of the Jain community. It was established in February in the year 1984. The temple is carved with marble imported from India.
Its interior and exterior is true work of art, done in magnificent colours. The temple houses 9 idols. This is the religious assembly of the Tirthankars. The whole area is built of priceless gems and gold. Three of which are on each door. The inner walls of the temple hold pictures of pilgrimage sites and different Gods worshipped by the Jains. Everyday the Pujari (Priest), baths the idols with milk and dresses them with different flowers and cotton wool. Jains celebrate Diwali because Lord Mahavir attained moksha. During this occasion all the Idols in the temple are decorated colorfully and all Jains go to the temple in the morning and pray for a prosperous new year.
The old and the young Jains get together at the temple seeking for forgiveness from each other and wishing each other michaami dukhdhum. This is one of the main observances of the Jain community. The main purpose for this fast is to be able to restrain one self from worldly desires. Most Jain's observe periods of fasting, prayer and worship and other austerities for eight days, sixteen days and Thirty one days.
DERASAR'S HISTORY (Gujarati):