Sunday, February 3, 2013
Toronto’s Jains build a ‘landmark’ temple: AJIT JAIN
There are approximately eight million followers of the Jain religion worldwide – and close to 6,000 of them in Toronto – but it’s part of their ethos to keep a low profile.
Now that’s about to change: For the first time, this community will have their own traditional temple in the city. And at 48,000 square feet, it will be hard to miss.
“It will become another landmark and … tourist attraction,” said Milan Shah, one of the leaders of the local Jain community. On behalf of the Jain Society of Toronto, he teamed up with real-estate developer Moti Champsee to negotiate a $4.8-million deal with the Greek community in June to buy their partially finished Hellenic Cultural Centre on Ellesmere Road and Warden Avenue in Scarborough.