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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, April 27, 2001: The international Jain Sangh, based in New Jersey, observed the 2,600th birth anniversary of Lord Mahivir, the 24th and last Thirthankar in the Jain religion. More than 700 people attended the April 8 celebration held at Knights of Columbus hall in South River, N.J. The program included prayers, pujas, a group pledge of tolerance and nonviolence, discourses and a cultural program. Among those who attended the fete was United States Representative Frank Pallone, Jr.