Welcome to the YJA 2012 Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida co-hosted by the Orlando and Tampa Bay Jain Sanghs! The first day you arrive at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, you will check in and complete your on-site registration. At this time, you will receive the key card to your hotel room. You have the option to specify one of your roommates (only one) in advance during online registration or you will have the opportunity to meet new friends by being randomly assigned roommates based on the same age range.
For Reservations before and after the convention we have negotiated a discounted rate at the WESTIN Hotel near the Tampa Bay Hyatt:
THE WESTIN TAMPA BAY, TAMPA, FLORIDA
General Tourist Information:
Places to Go:
Things to Do:
Walking Tour of Ybor City
Jain Centers in the Area:
The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, in Central Florida, is central to two major Jain centers:
Jain Society of Tampa Bay
We are the local Jain Association (Sangh) located in the Tampa area in Florida, U.S.A. Our association was started in 1988 with about 4 Jain families in Tampa Bay area. As of 2008 we have more than 125 Jain families.
We are also fortunate that we have tremendous amount of support from our neighboring communities in all over Florida. We all work together and we support each other. Our intention is to learn and promote Jainism thru out the region. We also want our future generation to understand and follow Jainism. It is our mission to help and support to people in need. We are in very close contacts of most national and international organizations for Jainism. We have developed good relations with all our major dignitaries around the world and are constantly blessed by all our Sadhus, Sadhvis, Samnijis, leaders and elderly. They keep our community on the right path and together.
Jain Society of Central Florida
The Jain Society of Central Florida was started in 1981 by a Daytona, Florida resident, Dr. Lal Jain. Several Central Florida cities, namely Ocala, Daytona, and Orlando, had Jain families who held prayer meetings and ceremonies in their homes. Poojas and other activities were held continuously in people's homes since 1981. The Jain Society of Central Florida became registered with the IRS as a non-profit, tax exempt corporation in 1993.
The spiritual center, used by both the Jain Society of Central Florida and Jain Vishwa Bharati USA, is part of a large 5 acre compound owned by the Bhavok Singh family. The family has occupied this compound since the late 1970's. It began as a plant nursery and is now a thriving auction house.