Annual Pooja Mahotsava at Gerusoppe on Feb 24-25

Gerusoppe (Honnavara Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka), February 15, 2013: The annual pooja mahotsava at the ancient Jain Heritage Centre Gerusoppe will be held on February 24 & 25 2013. The president of Rani Chennabhyaradevi Digambar Jain Trust, Kshemapura (R) Sri Lokaraj Muppane has announced this in a press release.

The detailed programme schedule is as given below.

Date: February 24 & 25, 2013
Venue: 1008 Sri Parshwanath Swamy & Sri Jwalamalini Basadi, Gerusoppe

February 24, 2013 – Magha Shuddha Chaturdashi

  • 7:15 am – Nandi Mangala; Indra Pratishte; Dhwaja Rohana; Torana Muhurtha; Mahasankalpa.
  • 9:05 am – Punya Ahvana; Maha Punyavachana; Dhama Samprokshane; Navagraha Shanthi; Navakalasha Abhisheka; Malamantra, Shodashopachara Pooja, Pushpa & Kumnkumararchana to Goddess Sri Jwalamalini Devi; Mahamangalarathi.
  • 4:05 pm – Vajra Panjara Aradhana
  • 7.30 pm – Mahamangalaarathi
  • Cultural Programmes – Jain Bhakti Songs by Sri Sarvesh Jain, Smt Sarvesh Jain & team, Shravanabelagola.

February 25, 2013 – Magha Shuddha Poornima

  • 7:00 am – Nitya Vidhi
  • 9:15 am – Magha Mangala Snana, Pattana Pooja with Agrodhaka
  • 10:05 am – 108 Kalaksha Abhisheka to Lord Parshwanath & chanting of Maha Shanthi Mantra.
  • To Sri Brahma Yaksha – 24 Kalasha’s Abhisheka.
  • To Goddess Jwalamalini – 24 Kalasha’s Abhisheka, Shodashopachara Pooja, Pallakki Utsava with Pattana Pooja, Ashtavahana Pooja, Offering of fruits, Udi Seva, Maha Mangalarthi.

Religous Gathering

  • Holy Presence – His Holiness Swasti Sri Vrushabasena Bhattarakha Swamiji (Jain Mutt, Lakkavalli)
    (Pada Pooja to His Holiness Swamiji)
  • President – Smt Harshini Chandrashekara Gowda, Manki
  • Chief Guests – 
  • Sri Y.C.Bhujabalaiah, Bangalore
  • Sri H.M.Veerarajaiah Jain, Sri Kshetra Vadanabylu
  • Sri H.P.Nitin, Bangalore
  • Guests – 
  • Sri Vajranabh Jinadatta Gowda, Manki
  • Smt Gunamala Nagaraj Indra, Mysore
  • Smt Gayathri Ramachandra Nayak, Nagara Basadi Keri
  • Sri Govinda Subba Nayak, Nagarabasadi Keri
  • Smt Rekha Gangadhara Hegde, Nagra Basadi Keri
  • Sri Udaya Babu Nayak, Nagara baadi Keri
  • Cultural Programmes –
  • “Rati Kalyana & Karna Parva” a historical play by Kaladhara Yaksha Ranga, Jalavalli.

Jain Tirth Darshan by WWW.JAINHERITAGECENTRES.COM at Gerusoppe

3 Days Jain Yatra on the occasion – 3 Days Jain Yatra has been organised on the occasion by WWW.JAINHERITAGECENTRES.COM from February 23-25, 2013

  • Departure from Bangalore – Friday February 22, 2013 at 9.00 pm from KJA.
  • Arrival at Bangalore – Tuesday February 26, 2013 at 6.00 am at KJA.
  • Places Covered – Narasimharajapura, Kundadri, Melige, Humcha, Vadanabylu, Haduvalli, Bhatkal, Kaikini, Bastimakki, Manki, Mutta, Haladipura, Gerusoppe.
  • For Further details & bookings – Please contact Nitin H.P. – 9880818869 Seat bookings done on first come first serve basis.

About Gerusoppe – Gerusoppe/Gerusoppa is a popular Jain Heritage Centre that flourished as a chief Jain centre during­­ the period from 13th-16th century. It was also called by the names Kshemapura/Kshemapura Tirtha/Kshemavenapura/Ballatakipura in the history. It was the capital of the Saluva Kings for a considerable period. The period of Rani Chennbyradevi (1554-1602 A.D.) is considered to be the golden period in the history of Gerusoppe. Historical references state that there existed 108 Jain temples at Gerusoppe spread over a vast area of around 700 acres. However, to its dismay Gerusoppe is in its ruins now to find only five Jain temples, namely – Chaturmukha basadi, Sri Parshwanath basadi, Sri Parshwanath temple, Sri Mahavir temple & Sri Neminath temple. Chaturmukha Basadi that exists even now is one of the best temples that stand as a testimony to the art & architecture of ancient times. Sri Parshwanath temple that houses the Goddess Jwalamalini idol is the only temple where regular pooja is performed. The idol of Lord Neminath at Neminath Temple is very magnanamous & famous for the attractive carvings around the idol. Historically, Gerusoppe is the original seat of Goddess Jwalamalini the chief Goddess of Narasimharajapura. Owing to its vast unexplored heritage & ruins, Gerusoppe is sometimes called as ‘Harappa of the Jains’.

Location – It is situated at a distance of 123 Kms from its district centre Karwar, 34 Kms from Honnavar the nearest taluk centre & 35 Kms from the world famous Jog Falls. The nearest railway station is Talaguppa at a distance of 45 Kms.
Boarding & Lodging Facilities – On advanced/prior communication lodging & boarding facilities will be provided to pilgrims & devotees visiting the temple.

– Nitin H.P., Jain Heritage Centres News Service

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