It is believed that Jains first arrived in Malacca (Malaysia) around the 15-16th century and then later during the British Raj.
The seeds for the Chintāmani Pārshvanāth Jain Temple in Ipoh, Malaysia were sown in April 1998 under the auspices of Pujya Gurudeva Shree Jinchandraji Maharaj. In August 2000, the majestic idol of Chintāmani Pārshvanāth Bhagwan was blessed by Bandhu Triputi Maharaj at Shantiniketan Sadhana Kendra, Tithal.
The consecration ceremony (pratistha mahotsav) was between 2 – 4 February 2002 with the blessings of Pujya Shree Kirtichandraji Maharaj, Pujya Shree Jinchandraji Maharaj, Pujya Sadhviji Malyakirtiji Maharaj and Pujya Sadhviji Ramyakirtiji Maharaj. This is believed to be one of the first Jain temples to be built in a Muslim denominated country.
The Shantiniketan Foundation Malaysia organises various shibirs, poojans and celebrates the Jain festivals.
(Click the links below to listen to Stavans)
2. Photos and historical information by Bharatbhai Jasani, Shantiniketan Foundation Malaysia
3. Shantiniketan Foundation Malaysia website
4. Shantiniketan Foundation Malaysia Facebook page
5. Jain Digest