During the pre-independence era, most of the Jain families were settled in Kohima. The first Jain temple in Nagaland was built in Kohima in 1920 by 8 Sethi families. However, these families moved to Dimapur in 1944 due to Japanese invasion during the IInd World war. These families then built the Dimapur Jain Temple, SD Jain School, SD Jain Charitable Hospital. The most prominent among these were Shri Phulchand Sethi, Shri Jethmal Sethi, Shri Kanhaiyalal Sethi and Shri Chunnilal Sethi. Shri Phulchand Sethi was the first secretary of the SD Jain Samaj, Dimapur and continued in this post till 1976. Shri Udayram Ji Chabra was the first president of the SD Jain Samaj followed by Shri Jethmal Sethi. The first Jain temple in Nagaland was established in Kohima. The temple was established in 1920 by 8 Sethi families, who were the first on naga settlors in Nagaland, prominent among them being Hardev Sethi, Hiralal Sethi, Phulchand Sethi. These families then moved to Dimapur in 1944 due to Japanese invasion during World War II. These families established the Jain temple in Dimapur in 1947.