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Jain pilgrimage site to be inaugurated in Texas

The 250-acre site will have Mount Kailash-Ashtapad, Lake Mansarovar, Lake Rakshastal, a Tirthankar Mandir, as well as a Ganesha, Lakshmi and Saraswati Mandir.

The Jain-Hindu pilgrimage site in North America (Image: Siddhayatan Tirth)

Siddhayatan Tirth, the largest Jain-Hindu pilgrimage site founded by Acharya Shree Yogeesh in North America, will be inaugurated on May 13, 2023, in Windom, Texas, near Dallas.

Dubbed "spiritual Disneyland", the heritage site will provide access to 60 acres of holy sites and house an 11,000-square-foot Jain-Hindu Temple, a spiritual retreat center, ashram, and monastery dedicated to preserving Indian culture and ancient spiritual teachings that promote nonviolence, oneness, unity, and respect for all living beings.

“This is a significant moment in history because Siddhayatan Tirth is the first Jain-Hindu tirtha of its kind outside India. People have a hard time travelling to partake in pilgrimage throughout India," the founder Yogeesh said. He added that those who live in North and South America would have easier access to experience visiting multiple miniature pilgrimage sites in one place.

“This historic event embodies multiculturalism and diversity that make Texas and America the welcoming and inclusive home we know it can be and the religious freedoms every American has the right to," said Texas State Senator John Whitmire.

Siddhayatan Tirth, a non-profit spiritual organization, is led by North American Jain Sadhvis, Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, a US Army Veteran, and Sadhvi Anubhuti, the news release stated.