Jai Jinendra, Pranam.
Congratulations on a successful completion of 25th Derasar Anniversary celebration! It was truly a memorable event for all attendees. With Mulnayak Shri Mahavir Swami Bhagwan’s krupa, blessings from all the Gurujis, and tremendous support from our membership there were no major issues throughout 10 days of celebration. Reception desk, Guest Hospitality, Food, Religious, Cultural, Inauguration celebrations, daily Programming, Giriraj, Ashthapadji, Parking – all areas were well executed as per the plan.
With multi-months planning, with 200+ volunteers and their countless dedicated hours of work, and with collective power of teamwork, synergy, and respect for each other – we made this initially seemed impossible event, a major success! We have been receiving lots of positive feedback from all over the world. Kudos to all the volunteers for their dedication and hard work!
We did some number analysis to see different perspectives on this event. Below are some approximate numbers based on some surveys.
|# of Hours of Activity|
|Total hours of activity (Avg. 15 hrs a day)||152|
|Total hours of Discourses||25|
|Total hours of Youth Activities||27|
|Total hours of Religious activities (Pooja, Poojan, Vidhan, Vadhamana, Bhavyatra)||38.5|
|Total hours of inauguration ceremonies||2.5|
|Total hours of Cultural program activities||16|
|Total hours of Bhakti/Bhavana||5|
|Total number of Lunches||11350|
|Total number of Dinners||21750|
|Avg. number of Lunch||1261|
|Avg. number of Dinners||2175|
|Maximum number of Lunch (2nd Saturday)||2100|
|Maximum number of Dinner (1st Sunday)||2900|
Registration & Check-ins
|Total JSMC Members Check-ins||1958|
|Total On the spot registration & check-ins||1069|
|Total participation in Field Trip||95|
|Total participation in Sports Day||100|
Cultural Programs and JSMC Dramas
|# of performances||15|
|# of participants||255|
|# of kids who did 108 Yatra of Giriraj||25|
Our intent was to cater to everyone's interest. We hope you acquired spiritual and religious nourishment from various discourses by well-known scholars and variety of religious activities. We hope you enjoyed watching various religious cultural programs including four dramas, many performances, and bhakti/bhavana. We hope you had an opportunity to do Bhavyatra of Giriraj Shatrunjay Tirth and Asthapadji Tirth. We hope you found your inner peace by visiting Exhibition - ધ્યાન મંદિર and Mahavir Swami Gallery. We hope you enjoyed variety of freshly made Jain food covering variety of ethnicity. We had planned for lots of Youth activities and we are very glad that many youths took advantage of these activities and bonded with others and made new friends. Shobhayatra (Float Procession) was amazingly well received – despite of 95+ degree temperature, many of you joined 1.5 miles Shobhayatra and participated in 12 superbly decorated floats. We were very fortunate to inaugurate Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanuji’s Living Bust (Jivant Smarak) in presence of Pramodaji Chitrabhanu, Darshan Chitrabhanu and his family.
Once again, from bottom of our heart, please accept our sincere thanks for warm support during this mega celebration. If we have hurt your feeling unintentionally, please accept our apologies and Michhami Dukkadam!
On behalf of Executive Committee and Board of Trustees
Vipul Shah Atul Shah