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Gommateshwara Bhagawan Sri Bahubali Swamy Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsava - 2006


Karnataka State Jain Youths Conference At Shravanabelagola

Youth Conference Raises The Curtain For Mahamasthakabhisheka

Resolution To Launch Karnataka Jain Youth Federation

Youths Honoured Through Pratibha Samman

Youth Conference Concludes With Pratibha Samman



Shravanabelagola (Hassan District, Karnataka), March 1: As a prelude to the Mahamasthakabhishekha of Lord Bahubali to be held at Shravanabelagola in 2006 the Karnataka State Youth Conference has been organised at Shravanabelagola on sunday the 17th of April, 2005. All youths, men and women from Karnataka aged between 18 and 40 years can participate in the conference. The youth organisations can register by providing the following details: Name of the organisation, address, phone numbers, year in which it was founded, total number of members, number of members willing to participate in the conference and other details. Those who wish to have lodging accommodation are requested to inform well in advance. The lodging facilities would be provided from the evening of 16th to the morning of 18th April. The preparations for the conference are underway under the able guidance of Swastisri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain mutt.  

     On April 17th the procession of the Jain youth, guidance and discourses by subject experts, interactive sessions, talent exhibitions and felicitation of the talents would be held. The Mahamasthakabhishekha of Baghawan Bahubali will be held in February 2006 and as a prelude to it a series of conferences such as the Karnataka Jain Youth Conference, All India Jain Youth Conference, Kannada Jain Literary Conference, All Religions Meet, Karnataka State Women's Conference, National Women's Conference and others would be organised. This Youth Conference the first of its kind in the series of such conferences held hitherto.   

     Sri D.Mahaveer the president of the Sri Bahubali Yuvak Sangh, Hassan is the convener of the conference. For further details and registration please contact: Sri D.Mahavir, President Sri Bahubali Yuvak Sangh, Mahavir Provisions, Near Arvind Convent, Kuvempu Circle, Kuvempu Nagar, Hassan -573201, Phone: 08172-267304/266734. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service


Sri D.Surendra Kumar of Dharmasthala inaugurating the Youth Conference. Also are seen in the picture Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Sri Bhattakalanka Swamiji and other dignitaries. -JHC Photo

Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), April 17: As a prelude to the February 2006 Mahamasthakabhisheka of Bhagawan Bahubali at Shravanabelagola a series of conference and workshops would be organised. The Karnataka State Jain Youths Conference the first in the list of such programmes raised the curtain for the Mahamasthakabhisheka celebrations. The conference began on a high note with more than three thousands youths from across Karnataka assembling at Chavundaraya Mantap witnessing its inauguration by Sri D.Surendra Kumar of Dharmasthala. He inaugurated the conference in a unique way by ringing the bell. Speaking on the occasion he expressed his happiness over the high literacy rate of the Jains and called upon the youth to take active steps in self employment rather than relying on the Governmental opportunities. He also called upon the elderly class of the society to give equal opportunities to the youth in all fields so as to boost their morale in taking up new challenges. He also felt that time is ripe for the youth to concentrate more on propagating their ancient religious values rather than getting influenced by the western customs. He requested the religious heads and pontiffs to lead the youth in the path of dharma.

Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji addressing the gathering, at the inaugural function. -JHC Photo

Speaking on the occasion Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt opined that the last three tirthankaras who attained the sainthood at a very young age stand as a motivation to the youth to follow the path of dharma. He called upon the youth to remember that the works done on religious basis would lead to success. Sri D.A.Patil the president of the Dakshinabharath Jain Sabha presided the inaugural function. Sri A.R.Nirmal Kumar the working president of the Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsav National Committee delivered the key note address.

Youths March: Prior to the inauguration the youths assembled at Sri Vidyananda Nilaya and marched towards Chavundaraya Mantap in the premises of Bhandara Basadi and Jain Mutt. The youths who were in a jubilant mood and chanted the slogan Jai Gommatesha all through out their march and greeted each other. For some it was a unique opportunity to meet their new friends and for others it was reviving their old memories.

Lectures: After the inaugural function Sri Jinadatta Hadagali from Mahalingpur, Smt. Sujatha Mudradi of Moodabidri, Sri H.P.Mohan Kumar of Mandya delivered lectures on 'Challenges to the Jain Youths', 'Personality Development' and 'Youths in Social and Religious Activities' respectively. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service


Sri Abhaya Chandra Jain, Chief whip, Government of Karnataka, addressing the gathering during the interactive session. Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Sri Vrushabhasena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Sri Lakshmisena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Sri Bhattakalanka Swamiji and other dignitaries are seen in the picture. -JHC Photo

Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), April 17: The Karnataka State Jain Youth's Conference passed an unanimous resolution to launch the 'Karnataka Jain Youth Federation (KJYF)' under the leadership of Sri D.Surendra Kumar the working president of Bharatiya Jain Milan. A resolution in connection with this was passed at the interactive session of the conference. During the interactive session many questions ranging on different aspects from the youth movements, Jain religious practices, practice of Yaksha Yakshi pooja, the future on youth movement in Karnataka and others flocked the organisers. Replying to a question on the future of the youth movement in Karnataka Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji put forward a proposal for the launch of the federation. This proposal was unanimously accepted by all and there by making way for the launch of the KJYF. The interactive session which was planned for just one hour extended to more than two and a half hour. With the questions flocking from all corners it was a herculean task for the organisers to filter out the questions. Sri S.Jitendra Kumar the president of KJA; Sri T.G.Doddamani, Retired joint director, department of social welfare; Sri Tatya Saheb Talavara Secretary of Veerasevadal; Sri Sagar Chougale, Mahamantri of Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha; Sri S.N.Ashok Kumar editor of Gommatavani and Sri Abhayachandra Jain, chief whip Government of Karnataka answered the queries. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service 


Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji addressing the gathering after the felicitation programme. Also seen in the picture are the youths who were felicitated on the occasion.

-JHC Photo

Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), April 17: As many as 22 youths from across Karnataka were felicitated at the Karnataka State Jain Youths Conference through the 'Pratibha Samman' programme. Youths belonging to a variety of fields were honoured at an attractive function. Sri D.Surendrakumar of Dharmasthala, Sri Abhaychandra Jain, chief whip Government of Karnataka and Sri S.Jitendrakumar president of Karnataka Jains Association felicitated the youths in the presence of His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt.

The following youths were felicitated: Sri Ganadhara Mekkalike, Belgaum (charted accountancy); Dr.Nagendra Prasad, Bangalore (Medical Service in Leprosy); Sri H.P.Nitin, Mysore (Propagation Of Jainism through Internet); Sri H.N.Phaniraj, Hassan (Cooperative Movement); Sri Harshavardhan, Bangalore (Architecture); Smt. K.J.Ratna, Mandya (Physical Education); Sri Brahmesh Srimandara Desai, Nippani (Business); Dr.Bahubali Handur, Itagi (Research); Prof. Balasaheb Lokapura, Bagalkot (Literature); Dr.Malathi Hegde, Shimoga (Ayurveda); Sri Sridhar Jain, Mysore (Bharatanatya); Sri Appanna Narasappa Hanje, Dharwad (Archeological REsearch); Smt. Chandana, Tumkur (Light Music); Sri Hamsaraj Jain, Hassan (Industries); Sri Anantharaj Upadhye, Muddebihala (Publicity Of Prakrit); Dr.S.A.Chetan, Shravanabelagola (Biochemistry); Kumari Hemalatha, Bhadravathi (Yoga); Kumari Pragna, Mysore (Sports) and Smt.Dasanahalli Deepa, Hoovina Hadagali (Women Research). - Jain Heritage Centres News Service         


Left to Right - Sri Lakshmisena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Melchitamur;  Sri Dhavalakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Tirumalai; Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Kambadahalli;  Sri Lakshmisena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Narasimharajapura; Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Shravanabelagola; Sri Bhattakalanka Bhattarakha Swamiji, Sonda; Sri Lalithakeerthi Swamiji, Karkala; Sri Vrushabasena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Lakkavalli; and Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Moodabidri.-JHC Photo

Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), April 17: The Karnataka state Jain youths conference that raised the curtains for the Mahamasthakabhisheka celebrations concluded with the Bhattrakha Sammelan. Nine Bhattarakhas from the Jain Mutts in South India participated in the conference, they include Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt, Swasti Sri Bhattakalanka Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Sonda Jain Mutt, Swasti Sri Lakshmisena Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Narasimharajapura Jain Mutt, Swasti Sri Lalithakeerthi Swamiji of the Karkala Jain Mutt, Swasti Sri Dhavalakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Tirumalai Jain Mutt, Swasti Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Kambadahalli Jain Mutt, Swasti Sri Lakshmisena Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Melchitamur Jain Mutt, Swasti Sri Vrushabasena Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Lakkavalli Jain Mutt and Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Moodabidri Jain Mutt.

The Bhattarakha's called upon the youths to unite themselves and worked towards the propagation and revival of Jainism in the coming days. It was a unique opportunity for the participants at the conference to have a darshan of the Bhattarakhas at a single place on a single platform. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service



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