Shravanabelagola (Hassan District, Karnataka), November 18, 2013: The Mangala pravesha of His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhattakalanka Bhattarakha Swamiji of Swadi (Sonda) Jain Mutt to Shravanabelagola was held on Monday November 18, 2013. His Holiness Swamiji was welcomed with poorna kumbha and women carrying mangala kalashas on their head. He was taken in a procession to the Jain Mutt in a pallakki (planquin). This is the first time ever that His Holiness Swamiji has arrived at Shrvanabelagola after becoming the pontiff of Swadi.
Following the pallakki utsava a religious gathering was held at Shravanabelagola in the presence of His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of Shravanabelagola Jain Math, Swasti Sri Dhavalakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of Arihantagiri Jain Math and Vicharapatta Kshullakha Sri Siddanthakeerthi Swamiji.
It can be recalled here that His Holiness Swamiji had started his education at Shravanabelagola while he was at class 8 and completed his studies here. His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt happens to be his Guru and further under the guidance of His Holiness Swasti Sri Dhavalakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of Arihantagiri Jain Math he continued his religious education. His Holiness Bhattakalanka Swamiji was given the Bhattarakha diksha of Swadi Jain Math on February 13, 2013. – Jain Heritage Centres News Service