Digambar Jain Mahasabha

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Shri Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain Mahasabha
The symbol of Jainism, the Jain Prateek Chihna
The symbol of Jainism, the Jain Prateek Chihna
India map
zone of influence
Formation January 1, 1894; 124 years ago (1894-01-01)
Type Jain religious organisation
Purpose Religious, Educational, Non Profit, Charitable
Headquarters Lucknow, New Delhi, Mumbai  India
Region served
Official language
Hindi and English
Secretary General
Prakash Chand Badjatya
Chairman of the Board
Nirmal Kumar Jain Sethi
Key people
Various Jains
Main organ
Board of directors
Affiliations Various Jain organisations
Website digjainmahasabha.org
Remarks Oldest organisation of lay Jains

Digambar Jain Mahasabha is the oldest organisation of lay Jains in India.


The Digambar Jain Mahasabha was founded in 1894 in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.[1] It is considered a traditionalist organisation.[2] Its two main branches are Dharm Sanrakshini Mahasabha and Teerth Sanrakshini Mahasabha.[citation needed]

The first President of The Digambar Jain Mahasabha was Laxmandas Tongya. In 1941, the leadership of the Mahasabha was handed over by Seth Hukumchand of Indore to Bhagchand Soni at the Shravanabelagola convention.[3] Later leaders included Rajkumar Singh, Bhanvarilala Bakliwal, Raisahab Chandmal Pandya, and Likhamichand Chhabra.[4] The present leader is Nirmal Kumar Jain Sethi, who has been in office since 1981 and is now the longest serving president in the history of the organisation. Raj Kumar Sethi, son of late Phulchand Sethi is the working president of the organisation. Binod Sethi, son of late Phulchand Sethi, of Dimapur is the Vice-President of the Teerth Sanrakshini Mahasabha


Jain Gazette, a weekly publication of Dharm Sanrakshini Mahasabha, has been published regularly for the last 103 years. It claims to be the oldest Jain periodical in the world.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Trilokchand Kothari, Di. Jain Mahasabha ka Atit (1895-1980), Pub. Digambar Jain Mahasabha karyalaya, 2007
  2. ^ Facets of Jainology: Selected Research Papers on Jain Society, By Vilas Adinath Sangave Published 2001, Popular Prakashan.
  3. ^ table of Presidents since 1894
  4. ^ "Founders, Past Presidents | Welcome To Shri Bharatvarshiya Digamber Jain Mahasabha". Digjainmahasabha.org. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Shri Bharatvarshiya Digamber Jain Mahasabha". Digambarjainonline.com. 1998-02-05. Retrieved 2012-05-26.