Jainism in Nepal

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The Jain temple in Kathmandu, Nepal
The Jain symbol that was agreed upon by all Jain sects in 1974.

The followers of Jainism are a minority community in Nepal. According to the 2001 Nepalese census, there are 4108 Jains in Nepal.[1] There is a Jain temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.[2]


Bhadrabahu, the last Jain ascetic to have complete knowledge of Jain scriptures, was in Nepal for a 12-year penitential vow when the Pataliputra conference took place in 300 BCE to put together the Jain canon anew.[3]

Jain society[edit]

The Jain society inaugurated the Lord Mahaveer Jain Niketan in 1979. The pratishtha for the Jain temple was performed in 1996.[2]

Jain unity[edit]

Jains in Nepal practice Jain unity, akin to American Jain unity, Digambar or Svetambara, speaking any language could become a member and carry out Jain religious activities, keeping to fundamental principles of Jainism. The Jain temple consists of different floors for different sects.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Religions View Religions: Explorations in Pursuit of Understanding - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Faith & Philosophy of Jainism - Arun Kumar Jain - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Jainism - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Unique Jain Mandir at Kathmandu, Nepal". Ankil Shah. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 

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