Veerayatan Newsletter,
May 2023, Edition-40

Pujya Tai Ma awarded Suryadatta Stree Shakti Rashtriya Puraskar

We are delighted to announce that Pujya Tai Ma was conferred with the prestigious Suryadatta Stree Shakti Rashtriya Puraskar for excellence in the field of ‘Spiritual Science and Welfare of Mankind across the Globe’. The award was presented by the Governor of Maharashtra, HE Honourable Shri Ramesh Bais.

The Suryadatta Stree Shakti Rashtriya Puraskar is bestowed by Suryadatta Education Foundation's Suryadatta Group of Institutes every year. The awards are conferred upon individual women in recognition of their spirit of courage, their pioneering contribution in empowering women and their exceptional achievements.

Suryadatta Education Foundation's Suryadatta Group of Institutes recognised Pujya Tai Ma for her exemplary work in the field of Seva, Shiksha, and Sadhana for 5 decades and being instrumental in transforming the lives of millions by providing education and medical care for all.

Veerayatan International Convention

Save the dates

15-17 July 2023

Veerayatan is hosting an International Convention to be held in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, to facilitate a networking opportunity for the worldwide family of Veerayatan supporters. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for endearing interactions with the sadhvi sangh and receiving blessings from Pujya Tai Ma.

Watch out for further details on the Veerayatan website ( from 25 May 2023.

Pujya Tai Ma’s forthcoming visit to USA

It is a great pleasure to announce that Pujya Tai Ma, accompanied by Sadhvi Shri Sanghamitraji and Jay Jain, will be visiting various places in USA including New York, Florida, Houston and Maryland from 13 June to 8 July 2023. Pujya Tai Ma will grace the JAINA Conference to be held in Florida. Pujya Tai Ma’s visit is eagerly awaited by Veerayatan supporters in USA after a gap of many years due to Covid.

For more information, please contact Punita Shah:

Inauguration of Ashoka CCA Cancer Hospital, Nashik in the presence of Pujya Tai Ma

Pujya Tai Ma graced the inauguration of a new hope giving and state of the art Ashoka CCA Cancer Hospital in Nashik. The hospital was opened by Dr Bharti Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, accompanied by Ms Lisa Ray, Social activist and Cancer survivor, in the presence of Pujya Tai Ma.

Cancer Centres of America (CCA) specialises in the expert management of all types of cancers from the first diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Committed to serving the people of Nashik and North Maharashtra CCA provides the latest cancer therapies and treatment techniques with the highest patient safety standards under the guidance of internationally renowned clinicians and support teams.

Inspiring spiritual retreat in the presence of Pujya Tai Ma

Reflections by Dr Pratiksha Gandhi

This three-day spiritual retreat in the beautiful, serene surroundings of Naval Veerayatan was the second retreat which took place in the month of April. The retreat covered very beautifully the mental, physical, educational and social aspects of life and for me, this has been the best life transforming retreat I have ever undertaken! What was unique is that all the participants were nourished and healed in the most amazing ways.

I really loved the question-answer sessions conducted by Pujya Tai Ma, who also explained the teaching of Tirthankar Mahavir so beautifully. Bhagwan’s principles of “Anekantvada” (multiplicity of viewpoints) along with his wonderful journey when he attained moksha (liberation) has firmed up my faith and love in the teachings of Tirthankar Mahavir!

The body-mind-emotion balancing practices taught by Upadhyaya Shri Yashaji along with yoga and meditation each morning immensely helped everyone in de-stressing and very quickly bringing a state of calmness.

Some of the brilliant techniques to transform lives taught by Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji especially ‘the rule of 21 days’ along with the science of brain chemistry was very interesting and helpful. It has really changed the way I view things since coming back from the retreat!

The environment at the retreat was so peaceful, bringing immense joy and happiness. Just looking out at the mountains and green surroundings, fetched enormous joy and gratitude. And of course, I cannot forget the nutritious food which was prepared with such kindness.

I really appreciate the care and compassion with which the entire retreat at Naval Veerayatan was delivered. I express my deepest gratitude for all, especially Pujya Tai Ma, all revered Sadhvijis and all the organisers at Naval Veerayatan.

We are pleased to announce that the next retreat will take place from 22 May to 24 May 2023. For more information about this retreat, See Attached Poster

An impartial Yogi

Mere Devdoot Story

An impartial Yogi

Mere Devdoot (My Angels) is a book written by Pujya Tai Ma in which she remembers and reflects, with gratitude, on everyone who has been instrumental in shaping her life. We have been publishing these stories regularly in this newsletter.

Here is one story showing Pujya Gurudev Upadhyaya Shri Amar Muniji’s unparalleled deep meditation! Pujya Tai Ma says , ‘To listen to, study and talk about austere practices is easy but to be in the company of a monk absorbed in such exceptional spiritual practice is a rare opportunity. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have always received regular guidance from Param Pujya Gurudev, who was undoubtedly a distinguished spiritual seeker.’

To read the story, click here

Veerayatan Bihar

Health based seminar inspiring hundreds of participants

Veerayatan organised a health seminar in which Mr Lalit Mohan Kapoor, a Diet and Lifestyle coach, spoke about ‘Preventing and reversing chronic disease naturally’. The seminar talked about pertinent issues such as how to implement correct eating habits, how to keep our mind healthy and the scientific reasons of fasting. Mr Lalit Kapoor spoke eloquently and inspired people to make a change in their lifestyle. He talked about:

  • Eating for about 8-10 hours each day after sun rise and then giving the digestive system a break by fasting after sunset for about 12-14 hours a day and to simply consume water during that time. He gave the scientific basis of following the Jain principle of overnight fasting.
  • Consuming a plant-based diet based on green vegetables and fruits
  • Either fasting or consuming only fruits or some vegetables once every 8 days (which is known as Ekadashi according to the Indian calendar), thus giving our digestive system a break.

Following such a diet has led to reversing chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension etc and reducing obesity. Go to YouTube for more information on the work of Mr Lalit Mohan Kapoor.

Summer Camp at Veerayatan Rajgir

A three-day summer camp was organised at Rajgir with the guidance of Sadhvi Shri Sampragyaji for the students and teachers of Shri Chandana Swadhyay Mandir, Kolkata.

Thirty eager and excited children along with 13 teachers participated in this inspirational and fun-packed retreat and the Rajgir campus became alive with the hustle and bustle of these enthusiastic children. Days were packed with sightseeing, doing seva at Netra Jyoti Seva Mandiram (eye hospital), visiting Brahmi Kala Mandiram (the beautiful museum, created by Pujya Tai Ma, Shri depicting Jain history) and learning about the lives of various Tirthankaras. And the unforgettable, divine evenings as joy filled everybody's heart at the Parshva Jinalay!

Much appreciation for the teachers who organised this wonderful camp! Watch the video

Veerayatan Kutch

Glimpses of Achievements and Activities of Veerayatan, Kutch

With the blessings of Pujya Tai Ma and dynamic guidance of Sadhvijis, students of Veerayatan Kutch are getting ample opportunities to perform well not only academically but also in co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

We take pride in announcing that Veerayatan Institute of Pharmacy has been ranked 3rd in the top 10 colleges in the entire Gujarat for its academic excellence. We congratulate the students and faculties for their efforts.

Job opportunities, transforming lives

We are pleased to inform that many final year students in the Engineering College have been selected and offered respectable posts in the Adani Group of Industries and Vishakha Glass Pvt. Ltd. This great opportunity for our shining students from rural India will hugely support in improving the economic status of the student’s respective families. Veerayatan provides extensive training to the final year students thus resulting in great employment opportunities.

And to improve the chances for greater job opportunities, an industrial visit to Parle Biscuit Factory, Bhuj was organised for BBA students.

Training workshops

Not only are our students provided with training but Veerayatan Kutch also provides opportunities to faculty staff to upgrade their skills and develop further in their area of expertise.

  • A senior faculty member from Veerayatan Institute of Engineering was recently sent to attend a workshop on Robotics conducted by IIT Bombay.
  • Faculties of Veerayatan Institute of Engineering were given an opportunity to undergo an online Energy Literacy Training course organised by ESF (Energy Swaraj Foundation, a non-profit organisation formed to establish energy independence across the world). The training has led to staff understanding more on the generation of energy, its consumption and wastage, carbon footprints, impact on the environment, means to avoid and minimise energy usage and means to adopt solar energy solutions.

Thought provoking and fun-packed activities

Veerayatan organises a brilliant Sports and Cultural event Veerotsav annually in which the students of all the Institutes participate in the various competitions. This 5-day event helps students to showcase their talents and improve other life skills. The winners were awarded trophies, medals, prizes and certificate. The College students also celebrated 'Women's Day'. They planted saplings on the premises, felicitated female faculty staff as a mark of empowered women.

Thought provoking and fun-packed activities

And the school students celebrated Vishwa Matrubhasha Divas (World Mother tongue Day) and showed off their wonderful talents by making beautiful cards.

Various other activities have taken place to teach children to look after the environment. For instance, a craft activity was organised in the school to motivate tiny tots to plant more trees and save the environment.

Thought provoking and fun-packed activities

Senior school students were given a chance to spend a whole day in the Science Lab, do some interesting experiments and demonstrate these to the junior students. What a great way to learn by teaching others!

School students were taken for an excursion trip to Dhinodhar hills and Vithon and they learnt about the geography of the place and visited the temple at the top.

Thought provoking and fun-packed activities

The academic year completed in April and the school students organised a farewell party for the senior students who completed standard 10th and 12th. The students were given gifts and lots of love and blessings were showered on them for bright futures.

Awareness Seminars

  • A Career Counselling Program was held for the standard 12 class students to empower them to select the most appropriate subjects when applying to colleges.
  • A complete medical check-up camp for the school students was organised to make them aware of health and hygiene and taught them about how to prevent communicable diseases spreading from one person to another.
  • An inspirational talk session on Spiritual and Moral values was arranged in Veerayatan Institute of Pharmacy where the key speaker, Pujya Swami Pradiptanand Saraswati, enriched the students by explaining the essence of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta.
  • Veerayatan Institute of Pharmacy organised a Thalassemia Camp in association with Red Cross society where students were made aware of Thalassemia and their blood was tested for thalassemia.
  • An HIV and TB awareness seminar was held at BBA BCA college by Red Ribbon Club. The district health executive interacted with the students and informed them about the diseases, precautions and cure.

Transforming lives through adoption of a village!

The students of Veerayatan Institute of Pharmacy have adopted a nearby village, Nana Asambia, under National Service Scheme. Recently they spent a week in this special village. The main aim of this visit was to make the villagers aware of issues regarding health, hygiene, cleanliness and fitness. The students organised a cleanliness campaign, a yoga session, fire safety demonstration for the villagers and sports activities for the tiny tots. A great initiative of ‘Giving back to society’ was taken by the students. We all appreciate the hard work done by the students and faculty staff of Veerayatan Institute of Pharmacy.

Veerayatan Meerut

With the blessings of Pujya Tai Ma, Veerayatan Meerut distributed 350 meals of chickpea curry and rice to celebrate the occasion of reaching the 6 year milestone of Veerayatan Meerut’s inception. Many congratulations to all the members for doing such great work over this time, transforming lives, building futures…

Veerayatan Kenya

Supporting communities affected by the ongoing drought

Veerayatan Kenya, under the banner of Food for Life Cycle for Life Trust, is providing food relief to Kenyans currently affected by the ongoing drought in the country. They have been distributing 22 kgs. of rations, including maize flour, beans, mung, rice, cooking fat, salt and porridge, and which will last for one month for a family of 6 people, to over 50,000 families – essentially this equates to monthly rations for 300,000 people for a month, or 9 million meals. The food is being packed in 20 litre plastic containers which can then be used for carrying water. The distribution is done with the support of the Red Cross.

Also, under the banner of Water for Life Trust, Veerayatan Kenya is actively installing borewells in the dry areas of Kenya – the total project will conclude with 100 borewells, giving clean drinking water to over 100,000 humans and 500,000 animals. This project is ongoing and will be completed by the end of 2024.

What fantastic work! We hope Veerayatan Kenya every success in building futures, transforming lives.

Rajanbhai Chandaria


Rajanbhai Chandaria

It is with great sadness to inform you all that Rajanbhai Chandaria, Principal of Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth (SCVP), Kenya, passed away on 14 February 2023. Rajanbhai began his spiritual journey as a student of SCVP in 1997. With the blessings of Pujya Tai Ma and with guidance from Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji, Rajanbhai soon became a teacher and over the years he has inspired and motivated hundreds of children and adults. Not only did he have immense love for the religion but his dedication and devotion to spreading the words of Mahavir Bhagwan to all, near and far, was inspirational.

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Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth students spreading the light of kindness

Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth students spreading the light of kindness

The students of Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth all came together the day before the coronation of the King of Great Britain and recited prayers for the health and long reign of the new King Charles III. The children also lead some wonderful coronation related activities that all the attendees (young and old) thoroughly enjoyed. Here are excerpts from the Oath created by all participants from the SCVP Coronation Celebrations:

I, King Charles III, solemnly promise and swear to

Participation at the ‘Pure Soul’ exhibition

‘Pure Soul: The Jaina Spiritual Traditions’ exhibition is organised by the Digambar Association together with the Centre of Jaina Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The exhibition is running in London until 25 June 2023.

The teachers of Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth participated in the workshop activities which took place at the exhibition hall. The teachers created and delivered innovative lessons to around 23 children of varying ages who attended the workshop and were thoroughly engaged at each workstation where they heard stories of our Tirthankars, enacted scenes from famous stories such as the story of Neminath Bhagwan, discussed the principle of Ahimsa, played an interesting game of Jain Monopoly, and in the process learnt the key concepts and values of our beautiful faith.

Well done to all involved and we thank the organisers of the exhibition for inviting us. For more information on the exhibition:

Children of Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth participated in the Jain festival of Ayambil

One of the aims of Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth (SCVP) is to instil the values of seva (charitable deeds) in our children. We had an opportunity to do Seva at the Oshwal Centre in London by getting involved in serving food to all those people who were doing the Ayambil Oli. The children and parents tirelessly did Seva by serving food to all. They worked in pairs and served a variety of foods for nearly two hours without flagging and full of energy throughout. They really enjoyed the experience and worked well as a team and impressed all with their attitude, care and attention when serving.

One little girl of 8 years was feeling very hungry but she told her mother that the people fasting were hungrier than her and so she continued serving right till the end and then they all sat together for lunch!

Well done to all the children and it was great to see them take this responsibility. We thank the Oshwal Centre for giving this amazing opportunity to our children.

Kishorebhai Shah


Kishorebhai Shah

Kishorebhai Shah, who is well known to many Veerayatan followers and supporters worldwide, sadly passed away peacefully on 25 February 2023. His association with Veerayatan began when Pujya Tai Ma came to the UK in the mid-1990’s, accompanied by Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji. Kishorebhai attended their lectures and was completely won over by their clear explanation of the Jain philosophy and the message of universal friendship and love. This was the start of his involvement with Veerayatan which continued for the next 25 years. He became a Trustee of Veerayatan UK and made an immense contribution, working on many Veerayatan projects including the exciting fundraising cycling events from London to Paris, London to Amsterdam and Agra to Jaipur and he organised many trips to take children to visit Veerayatan centres in India.

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