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Gommateshwara Bhagawan Sri Bahubali Swamy Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsava - 2006

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DHARMIC RITES CONCLUDE AT SHRAVANABELAGOLA

Shravanabelagola, Mar 14: The dharmic rites in connection with the Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations 2006 ended at the Digambar Jain Mutt here on Tuesday with the conclusion of the eight day Ashtanika Siddha Chakra pooja for world peace that began on March 7.

It maybe recalled here that the Mahamasthakabhisheka celebrations had commenced with a similar Ashtanika pooja that lasts eight days. The pooja, which concluded today evening with Acharya 108 Vardhamana Sagar Muni Maharaj and Acharya 108 Gunanandi Muni Maharaj among others addressing the devotees inside the Bandara Basadi after the Siddha Chakra pooja, marked the closure of dharmic rites in connection with the Mahamasthakabhisheka celeberations. HH Jagadguru Karmayogi Swasthishri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji graced the occasion.

The Ashtanika pooja began with the Siddha chakra aradhana, and Ashtavidharchana and Vinyanjali later in the evening, to the Sahasra Koota Jina Bimba, encompassing all the 24 Teerthankaras. As a part of the pooja abhisheka, during the course of the pooja that lasted eight days, the deity was worshipped with items increasing daily by the multiples of eight. When the rituals ended today, the deity had received as many as 2,400 abhishekas with different materials.

 Acharya 108 Vardhamana Sagar Muni Maharaj speaking on the occasion said it was important for a devotee to turn his mind totally toward divinity whenever he or she performs a ritual or recites the name of a saint or deity in whom he believes lies the path to salvation.

 Acharya 108 Gunanandi Muni Maharaj, addressing the devotees explained that life of a human being is nothing by an eternal quest to become one with the eternal truth, the creator, who form or shape is beyond the grasp of man. "That is why we worship Bhagawan Bahubali, who has attained salvation and has left behind the path for attaining the same, for he has traveled that much more spiritual distance than we have," the Acharya said.

 

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