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Gommateshwara Bhagawan Sri Bahubali Swamy Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsava - 2006

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Emphais To Social Welfare Programmes

Ayurveda Treatment Camp Held At Shravanabelagola

Eye Operations To 633 People Under People Welfare Scheme

'Sunethra Vidya Varidhi' Award Conferred

Dental Camp

Artificial Limb Alignment Camp

Free Hair Lip Surgery Camp

Reaching The Masses Through Services

EMPHASIS TO SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMMES

Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), February 6: It has been decided to conduct a series of social welfare programmes on the occasion of the Mahamasthakabhishekha of Lord Bahubali. Planning is underway in this connection. Eye camps, health camps, veterinary camps, artificial leg alignments camps, religious educational camps and others have been planned. It is also been decided to recognise the works of various individuals and organisations who involve voluntarily in such programmes. Sri Suresh Kumar of the Social Welfare sub committee informed this at a meeting organised to review the progress of the various sub committees. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service  

EYE OPERATIONS FOR 633 PATIENTS UNDER PEOPLE WELFARE SCHEME

Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), May 27: About 633 patients were operated fir eye ailments and 2000 were examined as a part of Mahamasathakabhisheka Celebrations - 2006. His holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt blessed them and said that service to humanity is service to God. He added that Shravanabelagola always stood by the poor and grieved and the present scheme has provided vision to the needy. A week long camp was held to identify people with visual defects. C.S.Puttegowda the legislator; district family welfare officer Dr.Nagaraja Rao, A.R.Nirmal Kumar, Working president of the mahotsav & H.N.Rajendra Kumar the chairman of the scheme were present on the occasion. Kotresh, The principal, staff and students of Bahubali school of nursing motivated the patients of the places in and around Shravanabelagola. This scheme was a result of collaboration by project 'Drishti' & People Welfare Subcommittee (Janakalyana Committee). The entire project was undertaken under the able guidance of Dr.Narpat Solanki, president of project 'Drishti'.

'SUNETRA VIDYA VARIDHI AWARD' CONFERRED

Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), May 27: His holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt conferer the title 'Sunetra Vidya Varidhi' on Dr.Narpat Solanki, the president of project 'Drishti', Bangalore. The awardee has operated on 633 people with a newer technique of operation devoid of using stiches. He has rendered a yoeman social service and provided the sight for nearly 40,000 people.

DENTAL CAMP

Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), June 19:  About 351 patients were examined and treated for dental related ailments at a dental camp organised as a part of Mahamasathakabhisheka Celebrations - 2006. His holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt blessed them and said that it is intended to provide free teeth replacement facility to the poor and the needy under the programme. The camp was organised under the auspices of Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava Janakalyana Samiti (People Welfare Committee) and the Hasanamba Institute of Dental Sciences, Hassan. Dr. B.N.Abhinandankumar, Dr.G.S.Brahmaraj  & H.N.Rajendra Kumar the chairman of the scheme coordinated ther camp. 

ARTIFICIAL LIMB ALIGNMENT CAMP

Bangalore (Karnataka), September 15: A series of people welfare programmes have been organised in and around Shravanabelagola by the Janakalyana Samiti of the Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava. As a part of this an Artificial Limb ALignment Camp has been organised at Shravanabelagola for the benefit of the needy. The camp has been organised in coordination with C.B.Bhandari Charitable Trust, Bangalore. Artificial limbs alignments would be done at the week long camp organised at Shravanabelagola from 16th to 23rd October, 2005. Free Calipers would be distributed on the occasion. For further details contact Dr.G.S.Brahmaraj (Phone: 94488 18834) and are requested to register on or before October 9.    

AYURVEDA TREATMENT CAMP HELD AT SHRAVANABELAGOLA

Bangalore (Karnataka), September 25: A Ayurveda Treatment Camp had been organised at Shravanabelagola for the benefit of the public by the Janakalyana Samiti of the Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava. More than 600 patients were examined and treated during the camp. His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji the pontiff of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt inaugurated the camp by lighting the lamp. The camp had been organised in coordination with Sri Pujyapada Chikitsalaya of Tirthahalli; Sri Padmamba Rasa Oushada Karyala, Shimoga and Sri Padmamba Charitable trust. Well known Ayurveda specialists will participate in the camp.

Dr.Jevandar Jain Of Tirthahalli, Dr.M.R.Nagaraj Hegde and Dr.Malathi Hegde of Shimoga, Dr.Bharathi Mohan Kumar of Shravanabelagola, Dr.DHanapal Kelasoor of Hassan and Dr.H.S.L.Kumar of Pandavapura participated as specialist doctors. Sri H.N.Rajendrakumar and Sri S.B.Suresh Jain the president and convener of the Janakalyana Sub Committee coordinated the camp.   

46 PATIENTS ALIGNED WITH ARTIFICIAL LIMBS

Shravanabelagola MLA C S Puttegowda fixing the artificial limb on a beneficiary at the camp as HH Swasthishri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji, Janakalyana Sub Committee Convener H.N.Rajendra Kumar and Coconvener S.B.Suresh Jain looks on.

Bangalore (Karnataka), Oct 23: A series of people welfare programmes have been organised in and around Shravanabelagola by the Janakalyana Samiti of the Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava. As a part of this an Artificial Limb Alignment Camp had been organised at Shravanabelagola for the benefit of the needy. The camp had been organised in coordination with C.B.Bhandari Charitable Trust, Bangalore. 46 patients of the total 75 examined were aligned with the artificial limbs.

Speaking on the occasion His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi BHattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt opined that the Mahamasthakabhisheka celebrations should not be limited to the poojas and aradhanas instead it should also have a social dimension through such camps. Shravanabelagola M.L.A. Sri C.S.Putte Gowda distributed the artificial limbs. Shravanabelagola gram panchayat president Sri Sharat Kumar; Sri Champalal Bhandari of the the Bhandari Charitable Trust; president of the Marwadi Yuvak Sangh Sri F.R.Singhvi were present on the occasion. Sri H.N.Rajendra Kumar convener of the Janakalyana Samithi delivered the welcome address. Sri S.B.Suresh Jain convener of the Janakalyana Samiti delivered the vote of thanks.    

FREE HAIR LIP SURGERY CAMP

Shravanabelagola, Dec 1: Sri H.N.Rajendra Kumar president of the Janakalyana Sub Committee of the Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava - 2006 has informed that a Free Hair Lip Surgery Camp has been organised at the Children hospital near Dhavalatertham, Shravanabelagola on 11th December 2006. He has informed that this programme has been organised as a part of the Jana Kalyana Sub Committee. Interested persons can register for the surgery on or before 11th December, 2006.

REACHING THE MASSES THROUGH SERVICES

Shravanabelagola, Jan 7: As all eyes stay fixed on the hectic preparations underway in the pilgrim town of Shravanabelagola for the Mahamasthakabhisheka celebrations of Bhagawan Shri Bahubali Swami, it is only appropriate that attention is paid to the many social welfare programmes, also a part of the celebrations, undertaken by the Digambara Jain under the stewardship of His Holiness Swasthishri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji.
The mutt's social welfare initiatives was given a kick start in the year 1981 when the Sahastrabdi or the millennium celebrations marking the 1000 years of installation of the 58.8 ft monolith of Bhagawan Bahubali was held. The Janamangala Kalasha, a highlight of the celebrations, which was flagged off by the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi from New Delhi reached Shravanabelagola after itinerating all the States. This gave birth to Gommateshwara Janakalyana Trust, the service arm of the Mutt and its first act was memorable. One thousand people who were visually impaired got back their eyesight and that nostalgic moment still lingers in the minds of
many the joy that abound on their faces when they witnessed Bhagawan Bahubali's millennium celebrations, a sight they had never dreamt of savouring.
The Gommateshwara Janakalyana Trust has not lagged behind even during the current celebrations, the first Mahamasthakabhisheka of this millennium. His Holiness Swamiji has gone out of his way to ensure that the celebrations are not just rituals, pomp, show and pageantry.
Several social welfare programmes have been taken up for the benefit of the people of Hassan and other surrounding districts. Janakalyana Programmes have primarily focused on providing basic facilities for the poor and the needy. Medical camps, cleanliness of villages, imparting awareness and education on protection of environment, and creation of new jobs for the rural people is some of the important programmes that have been carried out and some are still in progress.
According to H N Rajendrakumar, President of the Janakalyana Sub Committee, health sector through several medical camps was given utmost importance this time round, keeping in mind the inaccessibility of modern medical facilities to the poor and the middle class.

Artificial limb camp have been organized and Jaipur calipers distributed to more than 50 people from different parts of Karnataka in the co-ordination with C.B Bhandary Charitable trust, Bangalore. Seminars were organized in different schools to create awareness about dental care and free toothbrush and paste distributed. The much acclaimed eye testing and eye operation camp was held during May last year, and more than 1200 people underwent testing and more than 600 people eyes were operated upon. Dental Check up camp was organized in June and more than 50 dental sets were distributed. Free medical check up, Ayurvedic Medical and a second Dental care camp followed.
In order to provide permanent free medical aid, Pushpadantha Dental Clinic was established at Shravanabelagola, providing free dental care facilities. Free Ayurvedic Hospital was established along with an eye hospital and a clinical laboratory with X-ray departments providing free medical service to the people. "Smile" a treatment for split lips people was held in coordination with C.B Charitable trust in which more than 50 members from various parts of the State returned smiling radiantly. Gommateshwara Mobile Hospital, on its part is doing dedicated service to the local community throughout the year thanks to the dedicated work of Dr. Bramharaj, who is serving since the inception of the mobile hospital.
"Janakalyana Programme is also concerned with protection of environment and as a part of this endeavour, medicinal plants and other plantation trees were distributed to the farmers. As a part of the 'Total Sanitation Campaign', the Trust distributed bags of cement and other construction materials to 700 homes in Shravanabelagola to create sanitation facilities," says Rajendrakumar.
A separate self-employment scheme was launched for the women during the run up to the current celebrations, training them preparing handicrafts from the waste materials generated in day-to-day life. Sewing machines were distributed for the poor women to make them self sufficient in daily life. This apart, the Trust runs the "Jaina Shravaka Vriddhashrma", a home for the aged apart from a 'Goshala'.
The Janakalyana Trust's activities are not confined just to Shravanabelagola or Karnataka. A team of doctors and Gommateshwara Mobile Hospital helped flood victims in Belgaum and Bagalkote, providing medical aid to more than 2500 people. An amount of 5,00,000 was distributed for meeting the housing needs of those rendered homeless by the floods apart from making arrangements to meet the fodder and veterinary needs of the cattle. While Janakalyana Trust spends 78 percent of its resources toward meeting the relief and service requirements of the poor and needy in Karnataka, the remaining amount goes toward relief and service activities in other states from
its Akshaya Satkhara Nidhi.
Among the future plans of the Trust is introduction of a 24/7-ambulance service for handling emergencies and encouraging mechanised agriculture among the farmers through distribution of modern agricultural implements. The community service in health sector, self-employment and protection of environment will also include education sector.

 
 

 

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