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Jain Centre opens its door for Diwali exhibition

Published on Thursday, October 20, 2016

ONE of Leicester’s most spectacular religious buildings will be opening its doors to visitors for an exhibition and series of guided tours as part of the city’s Diwali celebrations. 

The Jain Centre, in Oxford Street, is a well-known landmark, identifiable from its exquisite hand-carved pillars and stunningly-detailed façade, and has been the place of worship for the city’s Jain community since 1979.

A new exhibition will tell the story of the Jains who came to Leicester around 1966 from Kenya, Tanzania and later Uganda, and how their organisation grew from small meetings at home to the purchase and creation of the Jain Centre building we know today.

The exhibition runs from Monday, October 24, to Sunday, November 6, from 10am to 12noon, and again from 4pm to 8pm.

In addition, guided tours of the Jain Centre will take place on Friday, October 28, from 10am to 1pm, and again from 6pm to 8pm.

The building was originally a spacious former church, and in the years following its purchase, those involved at the centre worked together to transform it with the hand-carved pillars, domes and arches which now characterise it. The Jain Centre was inaugurated in 1988.

For further details contact the Jain Centre on 0116 254 1150 or at:

The events at the Jain Centre are part of Leicester’s two-week Diwali programme, which runs from October 14 to 30, and culminate in the Diwali Day celebrations in Belgrave on October 30.

Full details about all events are available at

Information is also available online at:

The Diwali 2016 guide is also widely available from the Visit Leicester centre in Gallowtree Gate, as well as customer service centres, libraries, shops and cafes.