Pattabhisheka Mahotsava of Humcha's new Bhattaraka will be held from 14TH-17TH November, 2011.
Shravanabelagola (Hassan District, Karnataka), 3 October 2011: The Pattabhisheka Mahotsava of Vichara Patta Kshullaka Sri Dharmakeerthi Swamiji as the new pontiff of Sri Devendrakeerthi Peetha of Sri Kshetra Humcha will be held from 14th-17th November 2011.
This was announced by Sri Vasantha Hombanna a senior member of the Sangami family of the Humcha Jain Mutts tradition at a religious function held at Shravanabelagola under the presence of His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt. Latter a formal invitation was offered to Sri Dharmakeerthiji by keeping a tilak on his fore and a letter stating his appointment as the new Bhattarakha of Sri Kshetra Humcha was handed over to him.
Sri D Surendra Kumar of Dharmasthala who happens to be the working president of Sri Kshetra Humcha informed that Sri Dharmakeerthiji will start from Shravanabelagola and reach Humcha on 14th November. His Pura Pravesha to Humcha (entry to Humcha) will be held on 14th November followed by certain religious rituals and the Pattabhbhisheka on 17th November. The Pattabhisheka Mahotsava will be held in the presence of Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt.
Speaking on the occasion Sri Charukeerthiji said that "for any task to be completed its management is very important. Good people will be able to do good work." Further he blessed Dharmakeerthiji all the success in his role as the new Bhattarakha of Humcha.
Speaking on the occasion Sri Dharmakeerthiji "thanked the members of the Jain samaj for choosing him unanimously as the new Pontiff of Humcha". Further, he said that - "he needs the cooperation of all the members of Jain Samaj for the over all development of Sri Kshetra Humcha".
Sri S Jitendra Kumar, president of Karnataka Jain Association delivered the welcome address. It can be recalled her that the announcement to anoint Sri Dharmakeerthiji as the new pontiff of Humcha has been made as the seat had fallen vacant since July 14, 2010 owing to the death (samadhi) of its previous Bhattarakha Sri Deevendrakeerthiji Bhattarakha Swamiji.
About Humcha - Humcha or Hombuja or Hunchadakatte is the well known Padmavathi shrine in Karnataka. It is at a distance of 55 Kms from Shimoga the nearest district centre. It can be rated as the most popular abode of all the Padmavathi shrines in the world. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service