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2 lakh devotees witness `Mahamastakabhishek'

BHOPAL, FEB 22: The Mahamastakabhishek of Bade Baba Bhagwan Adityanath was witnessed by over two lakh devotees at Kundalpur in Damoh district. The moments were marked by mantras which were repeated by the devotees after the high priests of the temple.

The Dhwajarohan ceremony was carried out at the temple where the Bade Baba idol was placed amidst chanting of hymns.

The ceremony commenced at 8.45 am on Thursday at the remote village in Damoh district. Lakhs of devotees reaching the village from distant places of the country witnessed the historic moments as the temple bell rang for the first time.

The environment turned religious as the crowds in Kundalpur raised Bade Baba Mahadeo Ki Jai. The ceremony was carried out by Pandit Abhayji and Pandit Amritlalji, who read the holy Mantras to perform the ceremony, installing the Lord in the temple.

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Brahmi Sundari alankaran to be presented on Feb 21

BHOPAL, FEBRUARY 19: The prestigious award of Jain community Brahmi Sundari Alankaran will be given on February 21 at Kundalpur, Damoh on the auspicious occasion of first Mahamastakabhishek of Lord Adinath.

This year the award will be given to Ms Vimala Jain, Bhopal (Judiciary), Ms Anita Jain, New Delhi (Music), Dr. Sudha Kankaria Ahmedabad (Medicine and Dance) and Ms Shanti Sanmati Kumar Bangalore (Social Work).

Union Minister of State for Textile V Dhananjay Kumar will be the chief guest of the function which will be presided over by Ashok Patni of RK Marbles Group, Kishangarh Rajastha. Special guest of honour include Raja Petria, minister technical education, MP, Ramkrishna Kushmaria, MP, Jayant Malaiya MLA and Madanlal Bainada president Mahamastakabhishek committee, Kundalpur.

Founded in the year 2000 Brahmi Sundari Alankaran is given to those women followers of Jain Dharma who have excelled in their respective fields and the community as well as the country has benefitted by their deeds. Last year this award was presented to Ms Indumati Kadappa Awade (Entrepreneur), Ms Sharan Rani Bakliwal (Sarod player), Dr Urjita Jain (Medicine), Ms Sunita Jain (Literature), Ms Preti Tamot (Painting), Ms Sudha Jain (Politics) and Ms Pallavi Kasliwal (Magician). The award consists of a citation, shawl and a memento.

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50 percent exemption in motors vehicle tax for Kundalpur Mahotsav 20 percent rebate on hiring buses of MPSRTC Bhopal, from

    The State Government has decided to give 50 percent exemption in motor vehicle tax for the vehicles carrying pilgrims to Shri 1008 Baba Mahamastakabhishek Mahotsav being organised at Kundalpur between February 20 and March 1, 2001.

     The Minister for Forest and Transport, Shri Harvansh Singh reviewed the arrangements being made for the transport of pilgrims at a high level meeting, here today. The representatives of Mela Samiti, besides senior officers were present at the meeting. The Minister informed that Madhya Pradesh State Transport Corporation will ply additional 100 buses for Kundalpur during Mahotsav. A rebate of 20 percent will be given for hiring the buses of MPSRTC for Mahotsav. No halting charge will be levied for distances of over 250 km.

     Shri Harvansh Singh gave directions to all district transport officers to promptly issue temporary permits to private vehicles for Mahotsav. The Minister said that notification has been issued for granting exemption in motors vehicle tax. The MPSRTC will run more buses if required. There shall be additional arrangements for transportation on the main dates of Mahotsav i.e. 25th & 27th February. The MPSRTC will also run bus service from Damoh railway station for pilgrims coinciding with the arrival of trains. The Minister said that in accordance with the request of Mela Samiti, 6000 bamboos and 5000 ballis have been arranged for Mahotsav. The divisional forest officer of Damoh, present at the meeting was instructed to make arrangements for additional bamboos, ballis and fuel wood.

     The Secretary, Transport, Dr. Bhagirath Prasad; on behalf of Mela Samiti, Shri Manoharlal Tongya, Shri Sanat Jain and Shri Ravindra Jain were present. The representatives of Mela Samiti expressed satisfaction over the arrangements being made by the state government for the Mahotsav. Concerning officers of the MPSRTC also attended the meeting. January 19, 2001

CM reviews `Mahamastikabhishek Mahotsav' arrangements

BHOPAL, JANUARY 18: The Chief Minister, Digvijay Singh, in connection with `Mahamastikabhishek Mahotsav' scheduled to take place at Kundalpur (Damoh) next month, has asked the officials concerned to ensure all necessary arrangements to avoid any inconvenience to the people. Acharya Vidhyasagarji would grace the occasion, informed an official press release.

The chief minister gave these directives at a meeting held at Vidhansabha on Thursday, while reviewing the arrangements.

Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, Subhash Kumar Sojatia, Higher Education minister, Ratnesh Solomon, PHE minister, Deepak Saxena, Energy minister, Hukum Singh Karada and minister of state for Manpower Planning, Raja Pateria were present at the meeting.

The festival at Kundalpur, a religious place of Jain community, will be organised from February 21 to 27. The chief minister has assured to provide adequate funds for the festival. Proper arrangement for drinking water would also be made, he added. He said that road repairing work should also be ensured well in time. Proper electricity arrangements should also be made, he added.

Director General of Police, Subhash Chandra Tripathi and senior officials of concerned departments were also present at the meeting.

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January 8, 2001

Digvijay Singh welcomes Jain chariot

BHOPAL, JANUARY 07: Chief Minister Digvijay Singh reaffirmed the state government's commitment towards conservation and development of the Jain pilgrimage at Kundalpur. He was addressing the welcome function on the occasion of the arrival of the procession, `Dharmarath Yatra' on its way to Kundalpur here on Sunday.

The procession started from Amarkantak on November 5 and will reach Kundalpur in the last week of February. On the occasion sisters of the Vidyasagar ji Maharaj Ms Swarnaji and Ms Shantaji along with Mayor Ms Vibha Patel and BMC chairman Sunil Sood were also present.

The Chief Minister said that the state is proud to have Kundalpur, the ancient spiritual and historical centre as part of its heritage. The statue of Badebaba provides divine insight and solace to whoever seeks `Darshan', observed Singh.

The State Government has sought the permission to shift the statue of Badebaba to the new temple under construction from the Union archaeology department, informed the Chief Minister.

He further said that he has personally written a letter to the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to press the demand.

He said that the Amarkantak to Kundalpur procession will augment the spirit of social harmony and brotherhood in the society. The Jain community has the divine guidance of Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj and the state has been benefited by his blessings, stated Singh. He offered a coconut to the `Dharmarath' to welcome it.

Earlier, Digember Jain Panchayat Committee, chairman, Mahesh Singhai expressed his gratitudes towards Singh for providing help to the community programmes. Those who were present on the occasion includes Ashok Jain Bhabha, Anand Taran, Rameshchandra Manya and many other prominent figure of the Jain community.

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Grand welcome awaits Lord Adinath chariot

BHOPAL, JANUARY 2: The Jain community would accord a grand welcome to Lord Adinath chariot procession on its arrival at Bhopal on January 7. The chariot procession, which is currently underway and will pass through many districts of the state, is being taken out to mark completion of 1500 years of a huge idol of Lord Adinath installed at Kundalpur in Damoh district.

Chief Minister Digvijay Singh and a number of his cabinet colleagues, Mayor Ms Vibha Patel and other dignitaries are expected to welcome the procession.

At Bhopal the procession will begin from the Mangalwara Jain temple premises at 12 noon and pass through all the main thoroughfares of the city. It would culminate into a religious meeting at Sawarkar Chowk. Jain Guru Vidhyasagar Maharaj and Sadhvis Shanta and Swarna would deliver discourses on the occasion.

With a view to chalking out a strategy for the day a joint meeting of presidents of various Jain organisations was held on Tuesday. To ensure smooth conduct of the programme, a 51-member organising committee was also formed on the occasion.

Ashok Singhai was nominated as president of the committee.

Prominent members of the committee included Ashok Bhandari, Arvind Supari, Narendra Vandana, Pawan Super, Ravindra Jain, Sanjay Bantu, Hukumchand Jain, PC Jain, Ramesh Kumar Jain, Maganlal Jain and Sharad Jain.

It was informed at the meeting that the chariot procession which was flagged off from Amarkantak the other day, would pass through various districts of the State. The objective of the procession is to propagate major events scheduled to take place at Kundalpur in Damoh district to mark completion of 1500 years of Lord Adinath idol.

The community members would perform `Mahamastakaabhishek' of the idol, install `Jin Bimb Pratistha' and organise `Gajrath Mahotsav'. These rituals would take place between February 21 and 27 at Kundalpur, Damoh.

Prominent among those who attended the meeting included Manoharlal Tongya, Rameshchandra Manya, Vimal Jain, Dinesh Jain, Pramod Chaudhary, Prasann Kumar Singhai, Pavan Vidrohi, Ajay Jain, Ashok Jain Bhabha, Anand Taran, Rakesh Singhai, Kamal Jain, Ajeet Patni, Prof Manoj Jain, Dr PK Jain, Vinod Chaudhary, Vinod Tadaiya and PC Sethi.

According a separate press release issued by Ramesh Chand Manya, convenor, organising committee, on Wednesday the chariot procession would reach Raisen and Silvani. From there it will proceed for Gairatganj and Begumganj on January 4. On January 5 and 6 it will cover various towns of Sagar district. It will reach Bhopal on January 7 and on the next day it will proceed for its onward journey of Sehore, Ashta, Kannod, Khategaon, Khandwa, Harda, Itarsi and Hoshangabad.

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