Swapna Ceremony 2016 Celebrations

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jitendra Shah has kindly accepted to grace the Paryushan Parva celebration this year at our Jain Center.  During Paryushan Parva, Dr. Shah will deliver discourses in Gujarati during the morning and evening sessions.  Evening Pravachan will be followed by Aarti & Mangal Divo.  The programs during the Paryushan Parva will be held at the Jain Center except for the Swapna Ceremony and Samvatsari Pratikraman.  The timings for Pravachans will be as follows:

Monday, August 29th to Friday, September 2nd
Morning Pravachan: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Evening Pravachan: 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 4th
Morning Pravachan: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Afternoon Pravachan: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bhavana Program: 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday, September 5th
Morning Pravachan: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

During the Paryushan we will serve lunch and dinner at the temple.  If you wish to participate, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance, by replying back to this email.  If you want to sponsor any of the days for Paryushan Swami Vatsalya at the temple, it is $101 a day.  You can sponsor any number of days as you wish.

Swapna Ceremony on Saturday, September 3rd at 1:00 p.m.:
This year, the Swapna Ceremony will be celebrated in Eleanor Roosevelt High School located at 7601 Hanover Parkway Greenbelt, MD 20770 on Saturday, September 3th.  Swapna Ceremony will start at sharp 1:00 p.m., with a Lecture by Dr. Jitendra Shah followed by Swapna boli, Parnu, Aarti, and Mangal Divo.

During the Swapna ceremony, members will have the honor of carrying each Swapna to the beats of drums and music.  Gheeboli will be performed for all the Swapna’s, including Parnu, Aarti and Mangal Divo at the Swapna Ceremony.

If you are interested in taking the Gheeboli for swapna’s 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, the minimum Gheeboli for these swapna’s will start with $301.  The minimum Gheeboli for Swapna’s 10 through 14 will start with $501 and the minimum Gheeboli for Lakshmiji will start at $2,001.  A maximum of 10 families can join together for taking Gheeboli for a Swapna. Additionally, you can participate in being Bhagwan’s Parents King Siddhartha and Queen Trishala during the Swapna Darshan ceremony! Click here to get additional details.

The Swapna Ceremony program will be followed by Swami Vatsalya Bhojan (dinner).  Please fill out the following form to submit your RSVP. A * prefix indicates the field is required and a value must be entered. The below form will be available until midnight Saturday, August 27th, 2016 with no exceptions.

[The RSVP is now CLOSED.]


  • If you would like to Sponsor at a different level, other than those specified in the above form, please send an email to President@JainSocietyDC.org.
  • RSVP will end on midnight, Saturday, August 27th, 2016 with no exceptions.  Also, please enter a valid email address during the registration process.  A confirmation email will be sent to the entered email id for your records of successful submission.

We are looking for sponsors for the Swami Vatsalya Bhojan (dinner).  You can sponsor the Swami Vatsalya Bhojan by donating a minimum amount of $101 (Sadharmic Bhakti Bronze).  Other sponsorship options include $251 (Silver), $501 (Gold), $1,001 (Platinum), and $1,501 (Diamond) levels.  If you or a group of families wish to sponsor entire Swami Vatsalya Bhojan for a donation of $6,001, please send us an email to President@JainSocietyDC.org.

If we cannot get enough sponsors, members submitting their RSVP by the deadline (Saturday, August 27tth, 2016) will be required to make a minimum contribution of $10.00 per person (ages 5 and above).  We will make arrangement for extra food to accommodate guests and members who have not sent their RSVP by the deadline.  Such individuals can participate in the dinner by contributing a minimum of $12.00 per person (ages 5 and above).  Note: In an event that we do have sponsors for this event, non-members will still be required to contribute a minimum of $12.00 per person (ages 5 and above).

Ashtaprakari Pooja through Friday, September 2nd:
There will be Ashtaprakari Pooja from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We encourage you to please come forward and participate in this Pooja.

Snatra pooja from Saturday, September 3rd to Monday, September 5th:
There will be Snatra pooja from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We encourage you to please participate in this Pooja during our auspicious days.

Deravasi Samvatsari Pratikraman on Monday, September 5th at 3:30 p.m.:
The Deravasi Pratikraman will be performed at Mangal Mandir located at 17110 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20905 on Monday, September 5th. The program will start with a speech by Dr. Jitendra Shah from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m., followed by Ghee Boli between 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. The Pratikraman program will start at sharp 3:30 p.m. After Pratikraman, Aarti and Mangal Divo will be performed at Jain Center immediately thereafter.

Pratikraman in English on Monday, September 5th at 5:00 p.m.:
Samvatsari Pratikraman in English will be performed at Cloverly Elementary School located at 800 Briggs Chaney Road Silver Spring, MD 20905 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Mothers’ Pratikraman on Monday, September 5th at Noon:
All mothers’ with young kids can now participate in an early Pratikraman at the Jain Center starting at noon.

Sthanakwasi Samvatsari Pratikraman on Monday, September 5th at 3:30 p.m.:
UPDATE: Sthanakwasi Samvatsari Pratikraman will be held at the Jain Center starting with Aloyana at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Pratikraman stating at 5:30 p.m.

Tapasvi Bahuman on Monday, September 5th:
Tapasvis (adults doing 3 or more consecutive Upwas, and children doing some Tapasya) will be recognized at the Jain Center immediately after Aarti & Mangal Divo (approximately at 7:00 p.m.) All members are requested to provide names of Tapasvi and their Tapasya by registering their name at this link (Click Here to Register a Tapasvi). The parna for Tapasvis will be held at the Jain Center on Tuesday, September 6th morning starting at 9:00 a.m. Various opportunities to sponsor the parna and other activities are available. We encourage you to please come forward and grab this opportunity as soon as you can by sending us an email to President@JainSocietyDC.org.