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Jainism in Nepal

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Jainism in Nepal

The Jain temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

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.


  • History 1
  • Jain society 2
  • Jain unity 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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.[2]

Jain society

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

Jain unity

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.[3]


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External links

  • Nepal Jain temple
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