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Other parts of the project

Besides the main website of, the wider JAINpedia project aims to build up the spirit of the British Jain community and to make the most of the educational potential of the website.

It meets these aims using two main, mutually supportive methods.

Firstly, the project has created other JAINpedia websites for distinct audiences. These are the community space of Jain Spirit and the educational resource of Learn Jainism.

Secondly, these objectives are chiefly met by three kinds of activity that take place offline:

  • holding events
  • mounting exhibitions
  • offering opportunities to volunteers.

Various events have been held to publicise and support the whole JAINpedia project, particularly the main website and the public exhibitions. More are in the pipeline, as the and Learn Jainism websites launch to public view. Beginning in 2010, two types of exhibitions support and the related websites. In addition, volunteers – who do not have to be from a Jain background – can get involved in all areas of the project.


Shobna and Pratima Haria creating rangoli designs during JAINpedia’s Diwali event at the V&A on 13th November 2010.

Creating a rangoli during JAINpedia’s 2010 Diwali event
Image by Institute of Jainology © Institute of Jainology

Mainly held alongside the exhibitions, a series of public educational and academic events has been run at the partner institutions, including:

  • story-telling sessions
  • design workshops for children
  • public and ticketed lectures
  • tours of exhibitions
  • behind-the-scenes access to the world of manuscript conservation.

Similar events continued until December 2012.

Read about past events in the blog archive or see press releases and photos in Jain Spirit.

Plans and details of upcoming events are publicised in the blog, e-newsletter and JAINpedia Facebook and Twitter pages.


Volunteer Bhavesh Shah guides a visitor round the JAINpedia display during the Diwali event at the V&A on 13th November 2010
Image by Institute of Jainology © Institute of Jainology

There are two kinds of exhibitions, ranging from major displays at world-class institutions in London to briefer exhibitions staged at local faith centres across the UK.

The large static exhibitions take place in some of the project's partner institutions.

The first such exhibition was held in the South Asia Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, open from May 2010 to the end of December 2012.

An exhibition at the Treasures Gallery of the British Library in London ran from October 2010 until the end of June 2011.

A further static exhibition at the Bodleian Library in 2012 continued to build on the JAINpedia experience.

The travelling exhibition began in 2012, publicising JAINpedia and bringing contemporary Jainism to faith, local community and education centres across the UK.

You can find out more about all these exhibitions on the JAINpedia blog or by signing up to the e-newsletter via the blog.


Volunteers are an important part of the project and assit in all areas. Volunteers can choose to guide exhibition visitors, go to schools to help teach children about the Jain faith or contribute to the website, particularly Jain Spirit. Volunteers can also take on practical tasks, such as organising events and publicity, and transporting equipment.

Fill in the volunteer form on the JAINpedia blog and do your bit to bring an ancient faith into the new millennium. - All text is © JAINpedia / Institute of Jainology 2021 under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence The Jain universe online at

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