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Programs afoot to promote Jain tourism

ANITA RAO KASHI, TNN Oct 24, 2004, 02. 28am IST

BANGALORE: Religious tourism in Karnataka is attempting to tread brand new grounds with an elaborate plan of action on Jain tourism within the run-up towards the Mahamastakabhisheka associated with Gomateshwara in Shravanabelagola in February 2008.

Being a distinctive segment, religious tourism has been attaining a lot of ground, so much so that Karnataka tourism offers focussed some attention in promoting spiritual or even pilgrimage circuits. It has become utilizing the Mahamastakabhisheka in order to spruce up the Jain signal.

The Mahamastakabhisheka is conducted once in 12 many years, in which the 57-foot idol is anointed with milk, curd, sweetie, coconut drinking water, vermilion, turmeric substance, sandalwood substance, gold coins and also jewellery.

“We possess prepared a grasp plan to enhance facilities in several of some other areas with Jain wats or temples. We now have asked the central government regarding Rs 7 crore in awards to put together wayside amenities, rest houses and other fundamental amenities. We want to start well before the big event, in order to tap the segment within the run-up, inches tourism commissioner Mahendra Jain mentioned.

Shravanabelagola alone is quite a well known spot throughout the year with non-Jain tourists climbing the hill in order to gaze in the monolithic figurines. So the place has comparatively great facilities. However , the department plans to determine facilities in certain other places, considered equally important by Jains.

The department’s plan of action is also in line with the increasing number of Jain vacationers visiting Karnataka as this is definitely the only condition with so many areas of religious significance to them.

While Shravanabelagola, Dharmasthala and Karkala are among the noted ones, many small towns in north Karnataka have small known Jain ‘basadis’ along with other destinations that are favored by Jains, including the troika associated with Badami-Aihole-Pattadkal.

The department is also thinking about developing specific circuits. “We want to develop circuits, which could focus on this neighborhood with concentrate on just one or two main destinations, or perhaps a bouquet associated with destinations, which will range from the lesser known ones, depending on the time that such devotees can spend and their spending budget. And this is not only throughout the Mahamastakabhisheka, however even before after since the event will provide a system for us to promote these circuits, inches sources mentioned.

The final time the Mahamastakabhisheka was held, approximately five lakh Jain pilgrims participated in the spiritual event. This time around, the department estimates at least a 25 per cent improve, if not more.

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