Vichara Patta Kshullakha Sri Manikya Keerthiji will be the next Bhattarakha of Sri Bhattakalanka Peetha of Sri Digambar Jain Mutt, Sonda (also called as Swadi in Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka).
br> This was announced formally at a function held at Shravanabelagola by His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji the Pontiff of Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt. During the function Sri Manikswamy Sumathinath Halli was initiated into the ascetic hood when he was given the Vichara Pattakshullaka Diksha by Sri Charukeerthi Swamiji as per the Digambar Jain tradition & was renamed as Sri Manikya Keerthi. The function was held in the premises of Bhandari Basadi at Shravanabelagola. On January 15th evening Sri Manikyaswamy was given a rousing welcome to Shravanabelagola. This was followed by the diksha programme on January 16th. His Holiness Swasti Sri Dhavalkeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, pontiff of Sri Kshetra Arihantagiri Jain Mutt & His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji, pontiff of Sri Kshetra Kambadahalli Jain Mutt were also present on the occasion.