Although we do not have exact numbers, it is estimated that as of September 2007, Melbourne, Australia is home to approximately 400 Jains (considering all sects of Jainism).
We are a group of Jain families and individuals following the Shwetambar sect of Jainism. As a group, we have been meeting on a very regular basis since 2002 to do various Jain activities including two Samayiks every fortnight, Snatra Puja on an ad hoc basis, Paryushan Aaradhana and Samvatsari Pratikramana.
Every year many Jain families migrate to Melbourne, Australia. Many Jain students have come to Melbourne for study purposes. While, some of them go back upon completion of their studies, many decide to make Melbourne their home. Since year 2002, the number of Jains in Melbourne has risen from about 100 to 400, and it is expected to continue to rise over years to come. Samvatsari Pratikramana on 15 September 2007 was attended by approximately 250 members.
It has been the wish of this group to establish a Jain Sangh to expand our activities including building/managing Jain Derasar in Melbourne and spread the message of Jainism throughout Australia.
Melbourne Shwetambar Jain Sangh Inc (MSJS) was set up on 12 September 2007. MSJS is an Incorporated Association of persons in the state of Victoria, Australia, primarily represented in the state capital of Melbourne.
MSJS is currently governed by the Victorian model rules for an Incorporated Association. We have prepared our own rules for the management of MSJS and are currently in process of replacing the model rules, with our rules.
Please feel free to browse the website and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like further information about MSJS or any of its activities.