Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha

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Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha
FormationApril 3, 1899; 123 years ago (1899-04-03)
TypeJain religious organization
PurposeReligious, Non Profit
HeadquartersSangli, Maharashtra  India
Region served
Official language
Marathi and Kannada
Raosaheb A. Patil
Key people
Various Jains
Main organ
Pragati Ani Jinvijay
AffiliationsVarious Jain organizations

Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha (DBJS), also known as the South Indian Jain Association, is a religious and social service organization of the Jains in India. The organization is headquartered at Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India.[1] The association is credited with being one of the first Jain associations to start reform movements among the Jains in modern India.[2][3] The organization mainly seeks to represent the interests of the native Jains of Maharashtra (Marathi Jains), Karnataka (Kannada Jains) and Goa.


The organization was founded in 1899.[4][5] It was originally found to represent the Jains of the southern Maratha Country of the Bombay Presidency, including Kolhapur State, Belgaum and Sangli.[6] The organization was established for the socio-economic and educational betterment of the Jain community.[7] It has been credited for fostering a stronger sense of Jain identity and for ushering in social reforms in the Jain community.[8] The association sought to invest authority in lay persons rather than in ascetics, this resulted in mobilization of the community to build schools and improve education.[9]

The current president of the organization is Raosaheb A. Patil.[10][11]

Community service[edit]

The organization has been involved in securing the status of an independent and minority religion for Jainism in India.[4][12]

The organization funds various educational institutions.[13][14] They also offer scholarships to meritorious Jain students from South India.[15]

They also honor distinguished people from the Jain community annually.[11] The Karmveer Bhaurao Patil Samaj Seva Puraskar awards are given annually to notable personalities.[16] There are also awards presented for excellence in journalism.[17]

Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha runs several boarding houses for young Jains that provide free or low cost accommodation with social and religious activities.[18] These include

  • Digamber Jain Boarding Hubli, est. 1909
  • Sheth R. D. Dawada Digamber Jain Boarding, Sangli, 1918
  • Digambar Jain Boarding, Kolhapur, 1905. (associated with Dr. A. N. Upadhye, Veerachary Babasaheb Kuchnure)
  • Manikbag Digambar Jain Boarding, Belgaum, 1911
  • Digamber Jain Boarding, Ichalkaranji, 1923
  • Jain Shravikashram, Kolhapur, 1908
  • Shrimatibai Kalantre Jain Mahilashram , Sangli, 1918
  • Late Sou. Sumanbai Rajabhau Kala Jain Shravikashram, Aurangabad

The boarding houses served an important function by uniting Jains of different communities, as reported in Pragati ani Jinavijaya, 23 November 1919:

At mealtime affairs were conducted beautifully, as they were at the opening of the Jain Boarding in Pune. All the old and new members who came were seen eating together in one line with great love and open minds. It was seen that the roots of division were disappearing from this tiny community.[19]


Pragati Ani Jinvijay is published by the organization as its main organ.[20] It was first published in 1902.[21] The magazine is published in Marathi and Dr. Subhash Chandra Akkole was its past editor.[22] It is published monthly from Kolhapur.[23] The noted Marathi author, Veeranuyayi Appa Bhau Magdum was a contributor to this magazine.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Singh, Kumar Suresh (2004). People of India: Maharashtra — Kumar Suresh Singh. ISBN 9788179911006.
  2. ^ Carrithers, Professor of Anthropology Michael; Carrithers, Michael; Humphrey, Caroline (4 April 1991). The Assembly of Listeners: Jains in Society — Google Books. ISBN 978-0-521-36505-5. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  3. ^ Markham, Ian S.; Lohr, Christy (26 May 2009). A World Religions Reader — Google Books. ISBN 978-1-4051-7109-0. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha". Jainsamaj.org. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Conferences Inspired Reforms". Jainsamaj.org. 29 January 1915. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  6. ^ Wiley, Kristi L. (2004). Historical Dictionary of Jainism — Kristi L. Wiley — Google Books. ISBN 978-0-8108-5051-4. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  7. ^ Shah, Kirit K.; Seshan, Radhika (2005). Visibilising Women: Facets of History Through a Gender Lens — Kirit K. Shah, Radhika Seshan — Google Books. ISBN 9788178354156. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  8. ^ Carrithers, Michael (1 January 1996). "Concretely Imagining the Southern Digambar Jain Community, 1899–1920". Modern Asian Studies. 30 (3): 523–548. doi:10.1017/s0026749x00016589. JSTOR 312981. S2CID 143674505.
  9. ^ Dundas, Paul (2002). The Jains — Paul Dundas — Google Books. ISBN 978-0-415-26606-2. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  10. ^ Staff Correspondent (17 April 2012). "NATIONAL / KARNATAKA : Call to make banking services inclusive". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  11. ^ a b Chavan, Mahavir S. (25 November 2010). "Jain News: Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha to Honour Achievers". Jainsamachar.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  12. ^ The Milli Gazette, OPI, Pharos Media. "Jains reject Gujarat move to classify them as "Hindus"". Milligazette.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Latthe Education Society's Acharya Deshbhushan Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital". Lesayurvediccollege.com. 13 June 1951. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Smt. Kasturbai Walchand College, Sangli". Kwcsangli.in. 13 June 1951. Archived from the original on 2 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  15. ^ TNN Jan 30, 2002, 10.05pm IST (30 January 2002). "Scholarships for Jain students". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ "Jainism Ahimsa News Religious Non-Violence Celebrities Literature Philosophy Matrimonial Institutions". Jainsamaj.org. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  17. ^ Chavan, Mahavir S. (9 November 2009). "Jain News: First V R Kothari Journalism Award Goes to Kumar Ketkar". Jainsamachar.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  18. ^ Michael Carrithers, Concretely Imagining the Southern Digambar Jain Community, 1899-1920, Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Jul., 1996), pp. 523-548
  19. ^ Pragati, 23 November 1919, quoted by Carrithers, Jul., 1996.
  20. ^ Sangave, Vilas Adinath (1980). Jaina Community — Vilas Sanghavi — Google Books. ISBN 978-0-317-12346-3. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  21. ^ pragati ani jinvijay (23 July 2010). "Pragati Ani Jinvijay". Pragatianijinvijay.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  22. ^ Chavan, Mahavir S. (19 January 2011). "Jain News: Dr. Subhash Chandra Akkole Passes Away". Jainsamachar.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  23. ^ "List of Jain Magazines, India". Jainsamaj.org. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  24. ^ Chavan, Mahavir S. (26 March 2008). "वीरानुयायी आ. भा. मगदूम: वीरानुयायी आ. भा. मगदूम". Veeranuyayi.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013.

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