Celebrations:A tableau being staged during Mahaveer Jayanti celebrations in Bangalore on Saturday.
BANGALORE: Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa on Saturday promised the Jain community that one of the trains running between Bangalore and New Delhi would be named after Mahaveer, who propounded Jainism.
Responding to the memorandum presented to him by the Jain Yuva Sanghatan president Sajjan Raj Mehta on the occasion of the 2610th birth anniversary of Mahaveer at the Freedom Park, the Minister said he would implement their request after consulting the Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who inaugurated the function, said his Government had maintained communal harmony ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in the State. Mahaveer, he said, had shown his disciples how peace and prosperity could be created through nonviolence and sacrifice by practising it in his life.
BJP MP D.B. Chandre Gowda, BJP MLC Lehar Singh, Jain saints such as Satyaprabhaji, Hemratnasriji, Vinayamuni Bheem, Sanskarnidhiji, Ratnachulasriji, Praveen Rishiji Maharaj, Acharya Sri Amarsen Suriswarji participated. Mr. Mehta urged Mr. Muniyappa to name the Metro Station at State Bank of Mysore junction as Mahaveera Station. He urged the State Government to give a subsidy for maintaining goshalas on the lines of poultry farms.
A book exhibition was organised on the occasion. Sanghatan member H. Bhavarilal Jain said the organisation had helped 460 families by providing fees for their children and meeting the cost of medicine and surgery of poor patients.