GUWAHATI, Jan 16 - The Digambar Jain Panchayat, Guwahati, is organising Sri Panchakalyanak Pratistha Mahotsav from January 17 to January 24 on the occasion of the diamond jubilee of Sri Digambar Jain Temple at Fancy Bazar here, a press release stated. The temple was established in 1938 and the first Panchakalyanak was organised in the temple in 1965.
Assam Governor PB Acharya and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi are likely to take part in the Mahotsav tomorrow. While Panchakalyanak will be inaugurated with a Kalash procession taken out by the women along different routes of Guwahati on January 17, the next two days � January 18 and 19 � will be marked by day-long religious rituals and programmes and cultural functions in the evening. There will be Garbh Kalyanak of Tirthankar Bhagawan Neminath on January 20, followed by Janma Kalyanak on January 21 and Tap Kalyanak on January 22. On January 23, Kebalgyan Kalyanak will be organised. The Mahotsav will end on January 24 with Moksha Kalyanak.
Publicity secretary of the reception committee of the Panchakalyanak Pratistha Mahotsav said that thousands of people from different parts of the country are expected to throng the venue to take part in the week-long Mahotsav.
President of the reception committee, Mahabir Jain said that the Panchakalyan Mahotsav would be blessed by Digambar Jain saint, Sri 108 Punyasagarji Maharaj, who was accorded a warm welcome by thousands of devotees today at Neminath Nagar, Fancy Bazar. The saint arrived in Assam from Barsoi in Bihar, crossing a distance of over 720 km on foot, the release added.