Shravanabelagola (Karnataka), June 25, 2005: Thousands of people were seen thronging to welcome Acharya Sri VArdhaman Sagarji Maharaj traditionally at Shravanabelagola. The Acharyaji who happens to be the 5th successor of Acharya Sri Shanthisagarji’s Akshunna tradition was given a grand and hearty welcome at Shravanabelagola in the presence of Munis, Bhattarakh’s of different Jain Mutts and other dignitaries. A special gate was errected at the entrance to Shravanabelagola to welcome the seer. His holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt, Dr.D.Veerendra Hegde Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala and other dignitaries welcomed the Acharya at this gate. The citizens of the place were enthralled receiving the Acharya. The padapooja was observed by them. Vardhamansagarji was taken in a procession till the Jain Mutt religiously and the city was found enjoying the poignance. – Jain Heritage Centres News Service (JHCNS)