Jainism in Australia

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The history of Jainism in Australia is relatively short when compared with the histories of Christianity on the same continent. There are four Jain centres in Australia.[1] The Jain population in Australia is estimated to be about a few hundred.[2]


In the recent history, Jains have emigrated to Australia.[3] A Jain society has been formed in Sydney.[4]

Exodus of Asians from Uganda in 1972 due to Idi Amin's policies, forced some Jains to migrate elsewhere, like Australia.[5][6]

Jain Centres[edit]

Jain centres and/or societies have been established in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. Most of the centres practice Jain unity by making sure every Jain sect comes and prays together. In Sydney the centre is known as Vitraag Jain Shwetambar Sangh [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome to Jains in Australia!". Jains.australians.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  2. ^ "The Goodlife and Jainism - Sunday Nights NLR". ABC. 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Historical Dictionary of Jainism - Kristi L. Wiley - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Jainism: The World of Conquerors - Natubhai Shah - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Jainism: A Pictorial Guide to the Religion of Non-violence - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ "on www.jainsamaj.org ( Jainism, Ahimsa News, Religion, Non-Violence, Culture, Vegetarianism, Meditation, India. )". Jainsamaj.org. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  7. ^ "VJSS". 

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