Beltangadi:Reverend Sri Charukirthi Bhattarak Swamiji, the Karmayogi Jagadguru of Atishayakshetra Sravanabelagola, Dharmadhikari Virendra Heggade expressed deep condolence of his death.
After his ordination as the head of Sravanabelagola, the Reverend successfully implemented many Janamangala programs contemporaneously with the all-round development of the field.
Under his leadership, the Sahasrabdhi Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Baahubali Swami held in Sravanabelagola in 1981 was held as a historic ceremony and became world famous..
Devotees from all over the world came to Shravanabelagola and accumulated merit.
His Holiness started new institutions in Sravanabelagola for health care, education, research and specialized studies. He raised Sravanabelagola as a source of knowledge by starting a new institution for religious education and studies, the Institute of Jain Studies, Gomateshwara Vidyapeeth, and for the study and research of the endangered Prakrit language.
By translating and publishing the scriptures Dhavala, Jayadhavala and Mahadhavala into Kannada, Pujya made a valuable contribution to the field of literature. Today in every house there is a process of acquisition of Dhavalatraya Granths, thought churning. Having a simple and charming personality, the Reverend has vast knowledge in Kannada, Sanskrit, English, Sanskrit, and Hindi languages, studied scriptures of all religions and is well known as a good orator.
The Bhattarakas who were initiated as disciples by the Venerable are today engaged in evangelism as priests in Moodbidre, Karkala, Hombuja, Kanakagiri, Kambadahalli, Narasimharajapura, Arahantagiri Math.
The venerable person who was the recipient of our special respect and admiration used to guide and motivate us for the installation of Lord Baahubali idol in Dharamsthala, Mahamastakabhisheka and all our other service activities. Bhagavan Baahubali Swami Mahamastakabhisheka and other special occasions also used to give us an opportunity for extraordinary service at Shravanabelagola. Pujyas are memorable in themselves and the entire society that has lost their guidance and leadership always remembers Pujyas with gratitude. Heggade has offered respectful tributes to the venerable.