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 Mahamastakabhisheka 2006 News 

Shravanabelagola  January 22: Spread message of peace, non-violence: President -   source: The Hindu

   MESSAGE OF PEACE: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who declared open the Mahamasthakabhisheka celebrations at Shravanabelagola, being felicitated. Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, Digambara Jain Math's Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Sw amiji, and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda present him with a memento.
PHOTO: K. Bhagya Prakash
Shravanabelagola (Hassan district): The hills of Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri in the ancient town of Shravanabelagola resounded with chants of "Bhagawan Bahubali ki jai" as President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Sunday declared open the first Mahamastakabhisheka of the millennium and reiterated the relevance of the Jain tenets of non-violence in a strife-ridden world.
Mr. Kalam said the practice of truth, ahimsa and vairagya that are the tenets of Jainism was relevant in modern times and the message of peace and non-violence as enunciated by Bahubali should be taken to all parts of the country.
Addressing a vast gathering of Jain munis, nuns, acharyas and devotees who have assembled here from all parts of the world, the President said the spiritual congregation symbolised the continuity of a great tradition, which started in the 3rd century B.C. by Chandragupta Maurya, who settled here with 12,000 sages and munis performing austerities.
"It is a beautiful sight of people of multiple faiths and affiliations gathering to celebrate a great cultural event. The most sacred meaning of life consists of helping the establishment of peace and harmony on earth. This can only be achieved through the practice of truth, ahimsa and vairagya by all of us," the President said.
The Mahamastakabhisheka is held once in 12 years and Sunday's inauguration marked the launching of the events and rituals that will lead up to the grand event of the anointment of the 57-foot statue that will be held from February 8 to 19.
The President combined his speech replete with philosophical connotations and cultural traditions with poetry and expressed his appreciation of the evolution and ascent of the human soul as propounded in Jainism.
Mr. Kalam went nostalgic at the sight of the Jain Munis who congregated here and described his spiritual experience when he visited Pavapuri and recalled the contribution of Jainism to Indian philosophy, thought, literature and science. He said great poets such as Pampa, Ranna and Ratnakara Varni had enriched Kannada literature, while Jain rulers contributed immensely to the field of art and architecture.
"With his everlasting smile and benign looks, Gomateshwara Bahubali declares ahimsa and vairagya as the solution for all the ills of this world. I am happy that Mahamastakabhisheka has become an auspicious festival not only for the Jains but also for people from different religions. This is a great unifier and I wish that this message of unification is taken and all the sects in every religion forget the differences and follow the twin principles of ahimsa and vairagya," he said.
                                                                                   Source: The Hindu

 Shravanabelagola  January19:  Acharya Sri Viraga Sagar Muni Maharaj reached Shravanabelagola  with a group of 34 monks to participate in  Mahamasthakabhisheka of Bhagwan Bahubali beginning on 8th February. 114 Digambar Munis have already converged at this Jain pilgrimage centre.

 Shravanabelagola, Jan 3: Karnataka Chief Minister Mr. N Dharam Singh on Tuesday gave strict directions to the officials to complete all the works in connection with the 
Mahamasthakabhisheka Celebrations before January 20, in time for the inauguration of the celebrations by President A P J Abdul Kalam on January 22.
The state government and the Sri Digambara Jain Mutt Trust, the organizers, are discussing with Air Deccan exclusive services from Bangalore and Mangalore to Hassan. Six new 
helipads for chartered copters, a multimedia center to interpret and present Jain literature to the expected influx of 30,000 pilgrims a day are on anvil.




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