Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha
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|Formation||April 3, 1899|
|Type||Jain religious organization|
|Purpose||Religious, Non Profit|
|Headquarters||Sangli, Maharashtra India|
|Raosaheb A. Patil|
|Pragati Ani Jinvijay|
|Affiliations||Various Jain organizations|
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Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha (DBJS), also known as the South Indian Jain Association, is a religious and social service organization of the Jains in India. The organization is headquartered at Sangli, Maharashtra, India. The association is credited with being one of the first Jain associations to start reform movements among the Jains in modern India. The organization mainly seeks to represent the interests of the native Jains of Maharashtra (Marathi Jains), Karnataka (Kannada Jains) and Goa.
The organization was founded in 1899. It was originally found to represent the Jains of the southern Maratha Country of the Bombay Presidency, including Kolhapur State, Belgaum and Sangli. The organization was established for the socio-economic and educational betterment of the Jain community. It has been credited for fostering a stronger sense of Jain identity and for ushering in social reforms in the Jain community. The association sought to invest authority in lay persons rather than in ascetics, this resulted in mobilization of the community to build schools and improve education.
They also honor distinguished people from the Jain community annually. The Karmveer Bhaurao Patil Samaj Seva Puraskar awards are given annually to notable personalities. There are also awards presented for excellence in journalism.
Pragati Ani Jinvijay is published by the organization as its main organ. It was first published in 1902. The magazine is published in Marathi and Dr. Subhash Chandra Akkole was its past editor. It is published monthly from Kolhapur. The noted Marathi author, Veeranuyayi Appa Bhau Magdum was a contributor to this magazine.
- Legal status of Jainism as a distinct religion in India
- Jainism in Maharashtra
- Jainism in North Karnataka
- Jainism in Karnataka
- Jainism in Tulu Nadu
- Jainism in Kerala
- Jainism in Tamil Nadu
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