Piety marks temple ritual

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FROM SKY: Flower petals being showered from helicopter in Guntur on Thursday. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
FROM SKY: Flower petals being showered from helicopter in Guntur on Thursday. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Staff Reporter

Flower petals showered from helicopter

  • 300 Jain families from city attended the consecration
  • All shops of Jains remain closed during the occasion

    GUNTUR: `Pranapratishta' (consecration) of three teerthankaras of Jains was done on Thursday at Parswanath Jain Swethamber Temple in Arundelpet in Guntur fulfilling all religious rituals under the guidance of Acharya Varisen Sureswarji.

    While 300 Jain families from the city attended the consecration of the new temple, showering of flower petals from a helicopter drew the attention of the city population and Jain visitors from Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Devengere and several other states.

    Auspicious time

    The auspicious time (10.35 a.m.) was decided by Acharya Varisen 10 minutes in advance and a helicopter from Deccan Aviation, Hyderabad, was kept ready for three families to take turns and shower petals while it hovered over the temple's garbha griha.

    All around the temple top, flags were put up providing a colourful dimension to the entire ritual.

    While all shops of Jains remained closed on Wednesday and Thursday, the pranapratishta of main teerthankar - the 23rd -- Parswanath was done first followed by that of 20th Muniswaranath, and the 24th Vardhamana Mahaveer.

    Organising committee member Om Prakash Hundia said that food was arranged for more than 3,000 people at Pichikulagunta.

    As per the scriptures it was believed that Kubera used to shower flowers from a Pushpaka Vimanam, hence to keep up that tradition a helicopter was hired for the purpose.

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