World Meet to showcase Jain business, trade and art

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Mumbai, Jan 2 (UNI) The Jain community from across the world will converge into the city for the Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO), beginning tomorrow.

Even as leaders from across the cross section of the society would address and hear about the prosperity of the community in diverse fields in the multi trade global meet, the focus of attention would be the unique pavilion with large collection of paintings and idols.

Held at the Bombay Exhibition grounds in Goregaon, the event would throw light on the religious upliftment of the community.

Artists from Jaipur had worked together to design a 'Ratna Mandir' in the pavilion.

Among over 500 artifacts and paintings on display, the star attraction would be a crystal ''Astapad'' depicting the place of nirvana Kalyank of trithankar Adinath. Besides, over 140 ''Jin Pratimas'(idols) carved out from precious gemstones like aquamarine, emeralds, ruby, topaz, sandstone and granite, will be on display on the pavilion.

The idols belonging to the period between second and 14th century also include bronze statues and broguth from various prominent Jain pilgrimage centres across the country including Shravanabelagola, Khajurao, Devgarh, Gwalior, Mathura, Chanderi.

Also on display would be models of the various Jain temples in the country and Bhandars.A collection of Jain iconography, miniatures, wall paintings and exquisite 'Patts' of the finest kind from different periods of history would also be exhibited in the pavilion.

Miniature art sources from 'Kalpsutras', rare ''Patts'', wooden and wall hangings - procured from Bundi , Vidarbha, Shravanbelgola, Surat, Kolkata , Jiyaganj and Azimgunj will also be exhibited at the pavilion.

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