Shravanabelagola, January 26, 2006: In a colourful ceremony led by the 12 Acharyas and Swasthishri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji, all the 24 Jain Teerthankaras worshiped in the 13 Basadis or Jain temples atop the Chandragiri Hills were offered silver Chatharathraya, the dharmic head shades resembling three dropping umbrellas linked one below the other.
After the morning poojas in different Jain temples in the morning, drum beating devotees and the Jain monks braved the early morning chill and climbed the hills armed with the Chatharathrayas.
Once the entourage with all the 12 Acharyas led by Swasthishri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji reached the Basadi, slogans were raised and the Chatharathrayas were raised in a grand show, following which the entire procession circled each Basadi.
The Acharyas, the Swamiji and MMC06 Honorary President Naresh Kumar Sethi took turns in making the offering to individual Teerthankaras followed by floral abhishek, offering of fruits and performance of arathi.
Beginning with Santhinath Basadi, the dharmic procession offered the Chatharathrayas to Teerthankaras at Suparshwanath Basadi, Chandraprabhu Basadi, Chavundaraya Basadi, Chandragupta Basadi, Kattale Basadi, Shanthinath Basadi, Parshwanath Basadi, Chandraprabha Basadi, Shasana Basadi, Majjigana Basadi, Eradukatte Basadi, Savathigandavarna Basadi, Terina Basadi and Shantishwar Basadi. – Jain Heritage Centres News Service (JHCNS)