His Holiness Swasti Sri Deevendrakeerti Bhattaraka Swamiji

His Holiness Swasti Sri Dr. Deevendrakeerti Bhattaraka Swamiji is the current Bhattaraka (pontiff) of Hombuja.

Profile of His Holiness Swasti Sri Dr. Deevendrakeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji.

  • Date of Birth: May 18, 1982
  • Place of Birth: Nalike Village, Tumbedevanahalli Post, Belur Taluk, Hassan District, Karnataka.
  • Parents: Sri Anantharaju (father), Smt Padmavati (mother)
  • Name as Shravaka: Praveen


  • Primary & Middle School – Goverment Higher Primary Schools at Murehalli & Tumbadevanahalli.
  • Entry into Sri Gommatesha Vidyapeetha Brahmacharya Ashrama: 1995.
  • High School education at Shravanabelagola along with religious education at Brahmacharya Ashrama.
  • Languages
    • Prakrit – Has completed Praveshika, Madhyama & Prakrit Swayam exams conducted by National Institute of Prakrit Studies & Research (NIPSAR), Shravanabelagola.
    • Sanskrit – Has completed Sanskrit Prathama exam conducted by the Karnataka Secondary Education examination board.
    • Hindi – Hascompletedexamstill Uttama conducted by Hindi Prachara Parishath, Mysore.
    • English – Fluent (both written & spoken)
  • Jain Balabodha to Shravakachara – Has completed all exams conducted by Sri Kund Kund Gnanapeetha of Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Gommatasara (a religious work) Gunansthana & Marganasthana religious exams – secure first rank, conducted in 1997.
  • Special Study: Swadhyay Mahavidyalaya, Kashi, 2001-2002.
  • Masters: M.A.(Kannada) from Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore.
  • Research: PHD – topic for dissertation thesis was “Samyakthvakoumudi Ondu Adhyayana” (Samyakthvakoumudi – A Study). He was guided by Dr.Padma Shekar a professor in the department of Jainology and Prakrits at Mysore. He has been awarded the doctoral award from the University of Mysore in 2015.
  • Vichara Pattakshullaha Diksha Guru: His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji, Sri Digambar Jain Math, Shravanabelagola.
  • Vichara Pattakshullaha Name: Sri Dharmakeerthi Swamiji
  • Bhattaraka Diksha Guru: His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji, Sri Digambar Jain Math, Shravanabelagola.
  • Religious Exposure: Being a disciple of Sri Charukeerthiji he has been well trained in all aspects of the religion. He has participated in many religious celebrations and delibrations as a representative of Sri Kshetra Shravanabelagola. He has also played a pivotal role in the organising of many viharas of Jaina Muni Sanghas and is well connected with many Jaina Acharya’s and Jain samaj’s. He has also been instrumental in the development of Sri Kshetra Mahendragiri at Bijapur, the holy abode of Lord Parshwanatha under the guidance of Sri Charukeerthiji.


This temple is situated beside the origin of Kumudvathi river (popularly called as Kumudvathi Tirtha). The temple was in a very diapilated state. An inscription in front of the temple and the ruins indicate that is had a wide mukha mantapa in front of the Garbagriha. It has a 3 feet high stone idol of a Tirthankar in padmasana posture. This idol was installed by Paliakka the second wife of Vikrama Santhara & hence the name Paliakka Basadi. The temple is also called as Tirthada Basadi / Pattana Swamy Jinalaya and was built by Pattanaswamy Nokkaiah Shetty in Saka year 984 on the auspicious Karthika months 5th Sunday.

The Bhoomi pooja for the renovation of this temple was undertaken on 12th November 2018 under the guidance of His Holiness Jagadguru SwastiSri Dr. Deevendrakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of Hombuja Jain Math. The renovation work is in full swing.

This temple is located on a small hillock (Gudda) behind the Jain Mutt & main temple complex. Guddada Basadi also called as Bahubali temple was built in 898 A.D. This temple was built by the Santhara king Vikrama Santhara at the behest of his guru Moni Siddantha Bhattaraka. The temple was built in Ganga Dravidian style. It has a 5 feet high of Lord Bahubali as the main deity. Since the temple was in a very bad state the entire stucture was dismantled in 1950 with an intention of rebuilding it. Due to many inevitble reasons the renovation work of this temple was not completed.

In the 1970s a 21 feet high marble idol of Lord Parshwanath in Kayotsarga was installed in an open field. However, the panchakalyana of this idol was not conducted.

With an intention of bringing back its glory a new temple is being constructed around the Parshwanath idol with the ancient idol of Lord Bahubali on its right & Lord Shanthinath in Kayotsarga on its right has been built. In addition to this two small temple for Goddess Byrava Padmavati & Dharanendra Yaksha are also constructed besides the main temple.
The Panchakalyana pratishta mahotsava of this newly constructed Trikuta Jain temple will be held from May 10-16, 2013. The Jain idols pratishta & mahamasthakabhisheka mahotsava will be conducted on the occasion under the guidance of His Holiness Swasti Sri Devendrakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, the pontiff of Hombuja Jain Math.

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This is one of the ancient temples of Hombuja built by the Santaras. Also called as Ashokavana temple this temple belongs to the Badami Chalukyas period of around 7th & 8th century A.D. The brick compound, brick construction in the first floor and its tiled roof are all recent inclusions that have been built during renovations. But otherwise the entire temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture. One notable feature of the first floor construction is the presence of a garbagriha above the one in the ground floor. This is a very unique feature found only in the Jain temple architecture.
The pillars of the Bogara Basadi are unique and their intricate carvings are very attractive. Outside the temple are found a couple of ruined Yaksha & Yakshi idols along with some naga shilpa idols.

This temple has the idol of Lord Parshwanath in Kayotsarga as the main deity.

It has the garbagriha, antarala and navaranga. On its first floor is found a tiled structure with rooms. These were built for the children to study. Hence the name Makkala (children) basadi. On the tiled structure is built a pinnacle like structure on the sanctum sanctorum in the form of a stupa. On carefully observing the architectural style of this temple it can be concluded that the temple was built in the 10th century.

Nitin H.P.

Concept of Yaksha & Yakshi in Jainism
The only goal of Jainism is to conquer ourselves from worldly sufferings, inner passions and attain liberation. As per Jainism Jina/Arihanta/Tirthankara is a liberated soul that is freed of the worldly sufferings and inner passions and reside in the top of the world called as Siddhaloka. The Jains worship these Jinas/Arihantas/Tirthankaras due of the following reasons: As they have liberated themselves by conquering their inner passions and attained moksha, they have expounded the path of liberation and to get an inspiration to attain their state.

It is believed that Yaksha and Yakshi’s were entrusted by Indra to look after the well being of Tirthankaras. Jains believe that the Tirthankaras are looked after by the Yaksha and Yakshi’s. Usually they are found in pairs flanking the Tirthankara idol with the Yaksha on the right and Yakshi on the left as guardian deities. They are regarded as the devotees of the Jinas with supernatural powers. They are also referred to as the Shasanadevatas and Shasanadevis. The Jains worship them for providing protection to the Tirthankaras.

They are believed to go through the cycles of birth and deaths just like any other worldly souls but have supernatural powers. As the Jinas are liberated from the worldly sufferings they cannot reward the worship of devotees. As already mentioned the Yaksha and Yakshi’s are known to have supernatural power and are known for bestowing upon the devotees and fulfilling their desires. Hence for immediate returns a section of the Jains looked at them and gave them a place in the temple. Some of them were known for bestowing worldly desires such as boon for children, wealth, etc and hence the concept of Yaksha and Yakshi’s became very popular in Jainism.

Goddess Padmavati
Goddess Padmavati is the Yakshi of Lord Parshwanath, the 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism. She along with Dharanendra Yaksha protected Lord Parshwanath from Kamata’s upasarga.

Decorated idol of Goddess Padmavati, Padmavati Temple, Hombuja.Goddess Padmavati, Padmavati Temple, Hombuja.

She is known for protecting her devotees from many problems. The story of Goddess Padmavati protecting Vanamale’s husband owing to her devotion & protecting King Jinadattaraya from many of his problems are some of the related stories.

Mythological Story Related to Hombuja Padmavati
Hombuja has a mythological story attached to it. It starts with Jinadatta, the prince of Mathura. He had fled to south India leaving his home town due to family reasons. He meets the Jain monk Muni Siddhantakeerthi and according to his guidance he carried the idol of Godess Padmavati on the horse back and wandered the southern parts of India. When he reached Hombuja he decided to stay over night at this place under the shelter of a Lakki tree. He dreamt an inspiration from Goddess Padmavati to install the idol over here and that he will get all the support from the localites and the Goddess mentioned to him that she will be staying over there. She further instructed him that when iron is touched to the feet of the Padmavati idol it will be converted into gold and by the wealth gained through this means he can convert the place into a town and make it his capital. The next day he decided to construct a temple dedicated to Goddess Padmavati and Lord Parshwanath. He further moved ahead with establishing his capital at Hombuja. His Guru Siddanthakeerthi and his mother setteled at Hombuja along with him. Further he married the princess Manoradhini of the Kingdom of South Mathura.

Later he continued ruling the kingdom happily without any hassles. After a few years Goddess Padmavati wanted to test Jinadatta’s devotion and hence created two pearls (called as Muttu in Kannada) situated at a pond located a few meters away from the temple. Since then this pond is called as Muttina Kere (Kere means tank in Kannada). Of the two pearls one of them was pure and the other was eroded a bit. One of persons in the kingdom who found the pearls handed them over to the king. The King got two nose rings made of pearls. He gave a ring with the pure pearl to his wife and offered the other ring with the eroded pearl to the Goddess.

But when he visited the temple, he was astonished to find the ring with the pure pearl on the Goddess. At this point he heard a divine voice of Goddess Padmavati, saying that the idol will loose its divine power of converting the iron into gold and will fall into the well besides the temple. At this juncture Jinadattaraya realized his mistake and pleaded the Goddess for forgiveness. In response to this the divine voice mentioned that he should install another idol at that place and promised with the following things/incidents so that the existence of Goddess Padmavati was felt:

  • The Lakki tree will never dry
  • The Muttina Kere will never dry
  • The water will be constantly oozing out from the point of origin of river Kumudvati
  • Whenever a devote asks for blessings from Goddess Padmavathi, the flowers will fall from the right side of the idol.

Nitin H.P.

In Jainism, a Tirthankar (“Fordmaker or Propagator”; also Tirthankara or Jina) is a human being who achieves enlightenment (perfect knowledge) through asceticism and who then becomes a role-model teacher for those seeking spiritual guidance. A Tirthankar is a special sort of arihant, who establishes the fourfold religious order consisting of monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen after achieving omniscience. Every Tirthankar revitalises the Jain order. A Tirthankar is so called because he is the founder of a “Tirth” (literally, ‘ford’), a Jain community which acts as a “ford” across the “river of human misery”.

Tirthankar Parshwanath
Parshwanath (c. 877–777 BCE) or Pārśva, Pārśvanātha, or is the twenty-third Tirthankar in Jainism. He is the earliest Jain Tirthankar who is accepted historically.

Main Deity, Lord Parshwanth, Parshwanath Temple, Hombuja.Lord Parshwanath, Parshwanath Temple, Hombuja.

In Jainism though all the Tirthankara idols look alike they are identified through their symbols. Like wise Lord Parshwanath is identified with the symbol of a snake and usually we find hoods of a naga (snake deity) above the idol shading the head. This nāga usually has three, seven or eleven heads. Dharanendra Deva and Goddess Padmavati are Yaksha and Yakshi to the 23rd Tirthankara Lord Parshwananth. Similar to Lord Parshwanath we can find snake hoods above the head of Dharanendra Yaksha and Padmavathi Yakshi. The Yaksha Dharanendra and the Yakshi Padmavati are often shown flanking him.

Legend Related to Lord Parshwanath, Yaksha Dharanendra & Yakshi Padmavati
Parshwanath was walking one day when he saw an old man next to a fire. With a special type of knowledge called Avdhignan he could tell that a pair of snakes was in one of the logs in the fire. He quickly warned the man that he was burning the snakes, but instead of acting rapidly to save them, the man became angry at Parshwanath and denied the presence of the snakes. Parshavanath pulled out the right log and put it out, then gently split it, revealing two badly burned snakes. He recited the Namokara Mantra, a prayer, for them before they died. The two nagas reincarnated to become the two Yakshas, Dharanendra and Padmavati.

The below table gives out a brief overview of the important aspects related to Lord Parshwanath –

Father’s Name: Vishwasena
Mother’s Name: Vamadeva
Body Colour: Green
Birth Place: Kashi
Family of Birth: Ugra
Symbol: Snake
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Life Span: 100 years
Height: 9 hands
First Person to Donate Food: Dhyanaambhara
Period of Medidation: 4 months
Omniscience attained under the tree:  
Ganadhara: Swyambhu and other 10 members
No. of Muni’s During Samavasarana: 16000
No. of Aryikas During Samavasasarana: 38000
No. of Shravaka’s During Samavasarana: 164000
No. of Shravika’s During Samavasarana: 377000
Chief Aryika: Sulochana
Chief Listener: Ajitha
Yaksha: Dharanendra
Yakshi: Padmavathi
Place of Attaining Salvation: Sammedagiri Suvarnabhadrakuta
Day of Garbha Kalyan: Vaishaka Krishna 2
Day of Janma Kalyana: Pushya Krishna 11
Day of Diksha Kalyana: Pushya Krishna 11
Day of Kevala Jnana Kalyana: Chaitra Krishna 4
Day of Nirvana Kalyana: Shravana Shukla 7, Mukuta Sapthami

Jainism is one of the ancient religions of India. One presumes that it already existed in similar form as of today in the 6th century B.C. Most probably, it was propounded by Parshwanatha and was reformed and built into a closed system by Vardhamana Mahavira, a contemporer of Gautama Buddha. Though the Jainas are spread all over India, their main concentrations are in Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Jaina, as the followers of the religion call themselves, is derived from the Sanskrit word jina, ‘conqueror’, a title attached to revered beings of this religion who have conquered the world of passions by their own strenuous efforts; in other words, who have obtained perfect knowledge and absolute freedom from the bondage of karma. .It specially refers to the Tirthankara, the one who has built a passage through the ocean of births, meaning the teachers of this religion. Sometimes Tirthankara is also understood to mean the founder of the four tirthas or the orders of the monks, the nuns, the male lay-followers and the female lay-followers. Jains believe that there were 24 such Tirthankaras of which Vrishabhanatha or Adinatha was the first who is supposed to have lived in the mythical past and Mahavira the last who lived 2500 years ago. Historically only the existence of Mahavira is traceable and that of Parshwanatha may be inferred. Mahavira was born under the name of Vardhamana as the son of Siddhartha, a local chief of Vaishali in modern Bihar. As a child he displayed special qualities of body and mind and therefore earned for himself the title of Mahavira, the great hero. At a young age he renounced the world and wandered around as a monk and attained Kevalagnana the highest enlightenment, when he was 42. Thereafter he went about the country as an enlightened preacher and gave a new structure to the order of monks and won for himself innumerable lay-followers. Mahavira’s path was that of severe asceticism and detachment from worldly objects, relations and sentiments. He followed it with extreme strictness and with out compromise unlike the middle path of the Buddha. At the age of 72 he breathed his last and attained Nirvana the final liberation.

The essential teachings of Mahavira were canonised only in the 3rd century B.C. and were put in the written form several centuries later. It is said that after Mahavira’s death there was a famine in the region of Bihar which was the main centre of his followers. Under the leadership of Bhadrabahu a large group of monks left Bihar and migrated to Karnataka. Sthulibhadra, another leader of the group, however, stayed back in Magadha. The former who stuck to the strict regulation of nudity and prescribed methods of begging and eating food became known as ‘Digambara’, the sky-robed, and the latter who continued to live under famine conditions and changed their ways became known as ‘Swetambara’, white robed.

The swethambara Jainas are found above all in Gujarat and Rajasthan. They are divided into two sub-sects, namely Dervasi worshipping the idol in temple and Sthanakavasi worshipping their teachers in a monastery. The Digambaras who lived mainly in Central and South India are divided into ‘Terapanthi’ and ‘Bisapanthi’ sub sects. They differ from each other in the observance of rituals.

The Jains are also divided into various castes though the rules of caste-endogamy and inter caste relations are not very strictly followed. Within the community the Jains also maintain the traditional affiliation to a certain line of monks (gaccha). Several lineages of monks exist side by side without any order of hierarchy.

According to Jainism the soul which possesses infinite knowledge controls actions and perceives pleasure and pain through bodily agencies. Liberation from the material body and worldly activity which are the sources of misery could be attained by destroying desire and attachment by following the path of discipline and penance. One of the basic ethical principles of Jainism is ahimsa, not to violate any form of life and aparigraha, non-possession. In order to avoid injury to living organisms, professions such as agriculture, animal-husbandry, etc. are prohibited for the Jains. Occupations involving less mobility such as those of merchants are more suitable to them. Due to this reason the Jains own large business-houses connected with textiles, grains, machinery and capital investment. It is ironical that Jains who hold the principle of aparigraha in high esteem should have amassed great wealth and should have become one of the wealthiest communities in India. Cities like Ahmedabad are full of Jain merchant aristocracy who, along with Parsees, understood relatively early the importance of the textile industry and became wealthy in the years of its foundation. Other industries which are at least partly owned by Jains are the chemical industry, the paper industry, newspapers, precious metals, Jewellery and banking. Most of the middle-class Jains are accountants, bank-employees or petty shopkeepers; rarely laborers or craftsmen.

Historically, Jainism found patronage of early rulers like Chandragupta Maurya, Asoka, Kharavela of Kalinga, etc. With their help and support the religion spread outside Bihar upto Mathura, Orissa and Karnataka. In the medieval era the rulers of Gujarat were great patrons of Jainism and it was due to them that some of the most remarkable monuments of the faith came into being. Under the patronage of Solanki rulers, Siddharaja and Kumarapala, flourished the great Jaina teacher and scholar Hemachandra Acharya.

Hombuja (Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga District, Karnataka) March 17, 2013: The Panchakalyana pratishta mahotsava of the newly constructed Trikuta Jain temple will be held from MAy 10-16, 2013. The Jain idols pratishta & mahamasthakabhisheka mahotsava will be conducted on the occasion. His Holiness Swasti Sri Devendrakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, the pontiff of Hombuja Jain Math has informed this in a press release today.

21 feet high idol of Lord Parshwanath flanked by the idol of Lord Shanthinath on the right & Lord Bahubali (consecrated in 898 A.D.) on its left will be installed in the Trikuta Jain temple. Further idols of Goddess Padmavati & Dharanendra Yaksha will be installed in the temple. A 43 feet high manastambha will be installed in front of the temple.

He has further informed that various committees & teams are being constituted for smooth execution of the Panchakalyana. Further details of the event, religious rituals & cultural programmes will be disclosed very soon. –  Sri Kshetra Hombuja

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Hombuja (Shimoga District, Karnataka), March 15, 2013: The annual Rathayatra Mahotsava of Lord Parshwanatha and Goddess Padmavathi will be  held with other programmes at Humcha from 30th March to 4th April 2013 under the guidance of His Holiness Paramapujya Jagadguru Swasti Sri Devendrakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji.

The detailed programme Schedule is as below:

  • 27th to 29th March 2013 – Special Aradhanas at different temples in Humcha.
  • 30th March 2013 – Indira Pratishte, Vimana Shuddhi, Yakshapratishte, Dhwajarohana, Mahanaivedya Pooja, Nandimangala, Vastu Shanthi, Mruttika Sangrahana, Nagavahoanotsava and other rituals.
  • 31st March 2013 – Abhisheka to Lord Parshwanatha and Goddess Padmavathi, Kalikundala Yantra aradhana, Simhavahanotsava and other rituals.
  • 1st April 2013 – Nityavidhi with Jala-agni homa, Shanthichakra Aradhana, Sribali, Pushparathotsava (from 7.30 pm onwards). Launch of Sri Kshetra Hombuja’s website.
  • 2nd April 2013 – Moolanakshatra – Mahanaivedya Pooja along with Nityavidhi, Ratharohana, Maharathotsava(from 1.00 pm onwards).
  • 3rd April 2013 – 108 Kalasha Abhisheka to Lord Parshwanatha along with Nityavidhi.
  • 4th April 2013 – Kunkuma Utsava & Dhwajarohana (flag hoisting).

– Sri Kshetra Hombuja

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It is provided in rooms & dormitories depending on the requirement of the plgrims and availability of rooms at Hombuja.

For accommodation related queries please get in touch with Sri Jain Math Office by phone on +91 08185 262722.

Please Note: Rooms will not be booked in advance & will be aloted on a first come first serve basis. Jain Math reserves the rights on the allocation of rooms.

Postal Address:

Sri Jain Math,
Hombuja Post, Shimoga District,
Karnataka, India,
Pincode – 577 436

Phone Lines:
Sri Jain Math – +91 08185 262722.


Sri Kshetra Hombuja publishes ‘Gurudeva’ a Jain monthly to publicise its activites & Jainism related news and articles amongst the members of the Jain community and others.

This is published under the guidance of His Holiness Swasti Sri Deevendrakeerthi Bhataraka Swamiji the pontiff of Sri Kshetra Hombuja and is edited by Dr.Amruth Malla. 

Gurudeva Subscription Details

  • Annual Subscription – Rs. 100
  • Life time Subscription – Rs. 1001
  • Patron – Rs. 5000

Address for remitting amount to ‘Gurudeva’:

‘Gurudeva’ Office, Sri Jain Math,
Hombuja Post, Shimoga District,
Karnataka, India, Pincode – 577 436

Siddantha Keerthi Grantha Mala

Sri Jain Math, Hombuja under the guidance of His Holiness Swasti Sri Deevendrakeerthi Bhataraka Swamiji has been publishing books related to Jainism regularly with an intention of propagating Jainism & Kannada literature.

Below is a list of publications of Siddantha Keerthi Grantha Mala 

Sl. No.

Title & Author

Price in Rs.


Ratnakara Vybhava – Prof. G. Brahmappa



Vardhamana Charite






Parshwanath Tirtthankar Stuti



Chinnara Chetana



Shrutavataram Itihasa – Dr.M.D.Vasantharaj



Bhaktamara Stuti



Samayika Patha



24 Tirthankar Stuti



Deepavali – Padmashri



Aradhana Darpanam- Jwalini Amma



Jaya Vardhamana



Sammedha Shikarjiya Darshana



Panchakalyana Vybhava



Laghu Vrutti – Dr. Hampana



Jeeva Sambhodanam – B.S.Sannaiah



Sachitra Hombuja – Dr. Hampana



Hombuja Shasanagalu – Dr.Hampana



Sri Padmavati Mahatmya – Keshava Bhatt



Parshwanatha Charite – Pa Nagarajaiah



Mahavira Charite – Pa Nagarajaiah



Purushatra Siddyupaya – Padmanabaiah Bhuvanahalli



Ashtapahuda – M.B.Patil



Samayasara – M.B.Patil



Chutukagalu – Dharmashri



Shravakara Nitya Niyama



Gommatasara – Late Ratnamma Hegde



Vratadhara – Late Ratnamma Hegde



Mahapurana – Prof. G.Brahmappa



Harivamsha Purana – Prof. G.Brahmappa



Bhaktamara Stotra: Deepika, Aradhana



Sri Mahaviracharya Ganita Sarasangraha – Dr.Padmavatamma



English Books



A Foreign tour and Jainism Abroad:L.D.Ballal



Indra in Jaina Iconography – Dr.Hampana



Jaina Parshwa temples in Karnataka – Dr.Hampana






Books on Hombuja by other Publishers



Hombuja Kshetra*  – Pandit K Bhujabali Shastri
Publishers: India Book House, Bangalore



Hombuja Kshetra Anusandhana – Dr.Hampana
Publishers: Vikranta Prakshana, N0. 30/1, D.V.G.Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore – 560004


*Book is out of print

For copies of the books please get in touch with the Hombuja Jain Math on +91 08185 262721/22.

Tirthakshetras and Institutions under Sri Kshetra Hombuja
  • Hombuja Atishaya Srikshetra – Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga District.
  • Kundadri Atishaya Srikshetra – Tirthahalli Taluk, Shimoga District.
  • Varanga Atishaya Srikshetra – Karkala Taluk, Udupi District.
  • Hattiyangadi Srikshetra – Kundapura Taluk, Udupi District.
  • Shravana Basadi – Karkala Taluk, Udupi District.
  • Sri Kunda Kunda Vidya Peetha – Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga District.
  • Sri Siddanthakeerthi Granthamala – Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga District.
  • Sri Padmamda Higher Primary School – Varanga, Karkala Taluk, Udupi District.
  • Sri Vardhaman Boys Hostle – Shimoga Taluk, Shimoga District.
  • Sri Sanmathi Boys Hostle – Sagar Taluk, Shimoga District.
  • Goshaala – Hombuja, Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga District.
  • ‘Gurudeva’, religious Kannada monthly – Hombuja, Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga District.
Below are the list of poojas performed at Sri Kehetra Hombuja. Devotees can get in touch with the Jain Mutt to perform the poojas & related please call Hombuja Jain Math on +91 08185 262721/22.

Sl. No.

Details of Pooja/Offering

Amount in Rs.


Panchamrutha Abhisheka to Lord Parshwanath



Panchamrutha Abhisheka to Lord Neminath



Panchamrutha Abhisheka to Goddess Padmavati



Panchamrutha Abhisheka to Goddess Saraswati



Ksherabhisheka (Abhisheka by Milk with offering)



Mahanaivedya Pooja



Varaha Pooja



Panchakallaya Pooja



Exclusive Prasada Offering



Saree Offering



Udi Offering



Saharsanama Pooja to Tirthankar



Saharsanama Pooja to Goddess Padmavati



Special decoration to Goddess Padmavati



Navakalasha Abhisheka



24 Kalasha Abhisheka



54 Kalasha Abhisheka



108 Kalasha Abhisheka






Upanayana Samskara (Thread Ceremony)



Chowla Karma



Tulabhara Seva (with Rice & Coconut)



Tulabhara Seva (with Gold & Silver)






Offering to One Lakh Flowers Offering



Offering to Lakshadeepotsava (One Lakh deepas) Offering



Kumkum Archana



Panchakajjaya Pooja to Jattingaraya (Kshetrapala)



Special Decoration to Jattingaraya (Kshetrapala)



Hejje Namaskara (Kadamvari Namaskar)



Namakarana (Naming Ceremony)






Funds for Tyagi Seva



Aksharabyasa Intitation



Hannu Kai Pooja (fruits and coconut pooja)



Marriage Offering



Anna Prashana



Hannu Kai Offering (fruits & coconut Offering)



Vehicle Pooja



Nandadeepa (includes 1 box oil for 4 months)



Bruhat Navagraha Shanthi



Sri Bruhat Kalikundala Yantra Vradhana



Sri Bruhat Padmavati Aradhana



Special Swarna Alankara (Gold decoration) to Goddess Padmavati
(Only on special festival days)



There are seen five phases in the Jaina ascetism. These include Brahmacharya, Kshullakha, Ailaka,  Digambara and Aryika. These ascetics were traveling continuously from one place to another. Hence they did not require math, the residential place to stay permanently in a single place. In the later days a sect of ascetics called Bhattaraka (or Bhattarakha) Swami evolved to take cognisance of Shravaakas to lead them through right path. This distinct sect of ascetics were assigned with the duty of taking Shravakas in the path of dharma. It is found mainly among the Bispanthi sub-sect of Digambars. Bhattarakas are regarded as religious teachers by the Bispanthis. The terms Batara, Balara, Battora and Bhattaraka used in various occasions imply as the most honoured, revered teacher or seer. It also implies the symbol of merit of scholarship and erudition. Bhattaraka has given rise to another term Pattacharya signifying the head of the Mutt.  The term Panditacharya is equivalent or alternative to Bhattaraka. The inscription of Rona dated A.D. 1111 has mentioned the study of the religion and tradition as Battavrutthi. These words are used as a suffix in front of the names of king, guru and other senior people. Nagaverma II, the renowned Jain poet has also cited the same. These words denote eminence of the kings, where as the symbol knowledge and scholarship of the ascetics. Bhattarakas usually belonged to a particular Sangha/Gana/Gachha. Tirthankaras are also addressed as Bhattarakhas as they have attained kevalagnana.

The tradition of Bhattarakhas has paved the way to combat the challenges posed by the advent of Muslim rule in India. The nudity was the mainstay which the Digambara Jaina ascetics was to face during their regime. The tradition resisted the attack by these people to a considerable extent and saved the religion from destruction.

A specific subsect was identified with Bhattaraka exclusively- Devendrakeerthi of Hombuja – with Bogars, Charukeerthi of Moodabidri with Upadyay and also Charukeerthi of Shravanabelagola with Vaishyas. However Bhattarakhas belong to all Jains irrespective of caste and locality. One can observe the ablation of subcastes and group system among Jains.

Bhattaraka vows the responsibility of propagating adhyatmic life and uplifting society through religion and education. He strives hard for the propagation of dharma, education and guides the people on these lines. Bhattaraka is also entitled and expected to follow Nigrantha sadhu stage at the terminal stage of his life. Bhattaraka leads the life pattern of Rajaguru with all the paraphernalia i.e. royal honours and privileges. He is honoured by all the sects of people in the society. They evince keen interest in the development of art literature, architecture and sculpture and also the performing arts such as music, dance or drama. Bhattaraka is mainly concerned with religious preaching and propagation. However the additional responsibilities of maintaining the holy place was bestowed upon. A radical change was observed in the 12th and 13th century with the advent of foreign rule.

The Bhattarakas are regarded as superior to the common people and inferior to munis. In the earlier years the Bhattarakas assumed nudity. However with the advent of changes in time and space they started wearing clothes. They also possess a water canteen (kamandala) and a tuft of peacock feathers. They used to walk bare feet and move from place to place, but later stayed at a single place. They exercise control over society. It requires greater preparation, devotion and dedication to fulfill the needs of Gurupeetha and the people. They consume food only once a day, stay in a single place during chaturmas and finally assume the state of nigrantha. They observe the rituals strictly and also advise others to follow the same method of living. They are endowed with the responsibility of propagating the religion, construction of new temples, restoration of the old built by shravakas and also to safeguard the offerings to those temples. They also organise pooja celebrations, installation of Jain idols, conducting the rituals of worshipping the Jina and protecting literary works.

They personify sacrifice, learning capacity, literary interest and organisational abilities. The organisation of religious conferences, collecting and publishing religious works, protecting classic works of the religion are the duties rested with them. Bhattarakhas are the religious heads like the kings ruling their domain. This lead to the tradition of observing the throning ceremony of Bhattarakhas as that of the kings. Strictly speaking Bhattarakhas are the transformed personalities from Digambara munis and for which the society was also responsible to some extent. The Bhattarakas are also called as Deva, Muni, Acharya, Bhata, Guru and Pandit.

Hombuja Jain Mutt
Thre Hombuja Jain Mutt has a very ancient history and belongs to the Kundakundanvaya Nandi sangha tradition.


Profile of Sri Deevendrakeerti Bhattaraka Swamiji the present Bhattaraka of Hombuja


Sri Devendrakeerti Bhattaraka Swamiji’s Pattabhisheka Mahotsava – A Report

Hombuja/Humcha is an ancient Jain Heritage Centre in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, with its history dating back to the 7th century A.D. The city was established by Jinadattaraya a devotee of Goddess Padmavati. It is the most popular of all the Padmavathi shrines in the world. It remained as the capital of the Santhara kingdom till the end of 12th century and was ruled by many other rulers over the centuries. It houses the ancient Bhattarakha Peetha with Jagadguru His Holiness SwastiSri Devendrakerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji as its pontiff.
WWW.HOMBUJAPADMAVATI.ORG is the official website of Hombuja Jain Math. This website is aimed at giving the first hand information about the activities at Sri Kshstra Hombuja and authentic information about the history and temples of Hombuja.

An inscriptional reference mentions that the Panchakuta Basadi at Hombuja was built in the year A.D. 1077 by Chattala Devi who was married the prince of Pallavas. This temple has five Garbagrihas and hence the name Panchakuta Basadi. It has an ancient Manasthambha and many other ruined Jain idols are preserved in the premises of the temple by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). We can find the idols of Lord Adinath, Shanthinath, Aranatha, Chandranatha and Parshwanath in the Panchakutas.