Detroit Jain Temple Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Raises $500,000 For Expansion
India-West Staff Reporter
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The Jain Society of Greater Detroit recently celebrated its momentous 25th-anniversary milestone with a joyous 10-day festival from July 7-16.
The event, attended by over 1000 people, kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Deputy Mayor of Farmington Hills, Randy Bruce. What initially began as a small community in 1989 has now flourished into a vibrant organization with over 700 member families.
The festival, brimming with daily activities and events, not only marked a significant anniversary but also raised an impressive $500,000 in donations for the expansion of the temple. The funds collected during this period will contribute to making the Jain temple a more inclusive and welcoming space for all.
Each day of the celebrations was packed with engaging programs for the community. Narendrabhai Nandu and his team led daily morning prayer services, while Maitri Bhav, a visiting team from India, delivered a captivating drama performance on the life of Chitra Bhanu. Workshops, cultural performances, and educational sessions on Jain teachings added to the festive spirit, attracting hundreds of attendees who shared in the festivities and enjoyed delightful communal meals.
Beyond its anniversary celebrations, the Jain Society of Greater Detroit has been committed to giving back to the community. The organization, under the leadership of Jaya Shah, the President, has held yearly blood drives, food drives, and service projects to aid those in need. The members have dedicated their time and resources to serving and supporting others, embodying the principle that small acts of kindness can have a profound impact.