Shravanabelagola (Hassan District, Karnataka), November 9, 2005: Ex – prime minister of India Sri H.D.Devegowda stressed upon the need to propagate the message of Bhagawan Bahubali. He felt that the message of Tyaga (Renunciation) preached by Bahubali is a beacon light to the people of the present days who are involved in mutual hatred. He was addressing the members of the Mahamasthakabhisheka National Committee – 2006 during the 2nd National Meeting of the Mahotsav.
Being a member of parliament from Hassan district he assured he would try his level best for the success of the Mahotsava and felt that it is his bounded duty to work towards the success of the Mahamasthakabhisheka. He disclosed that the central government has assured to release more funds towards providing the basic amenities to the pilgrims visiting Shravanabelagola during the event. He also informed that he is keeping track about the developmental projects, railway route between Hassan and Shravanabelagola, release of postal stamp during the event and other aspects. He also promised that he would stay at Shravanabelagola during the entire month from the beginning till the end of the event.
Sriphala Offer: Sri Devegowdaji offered the Shriphala to their Holiness Acharya 108 Sri Vardhaman Sagarji Maharaj, Acharya 108 Sri Gunanandiji Maharaj and Acharya 108 Sri Varadattasagarji Maharaj.
Sri D.Veerendra Heggde of Dharmasthala and other dignitaries honoured Sri Devegowda. His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji delivered his blessings to the gathering. – Jain Heritage Centres News Service (JHCNS)