Spreading message of Jainism in Germany

By Team Mangalorean
Photographs: RK Bhat
Among the thousands of devotees gathered at the Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali here atop Ratnagiri hills in Dharmastala, a special pair of devotees caught the attention of all. met up with a German couple who came to India for studying Jainism and also wrote a book about 'Jainism Today and its Future'.  This book has already been published.  The next book they are writing about is 'Dakshina Bharathadalli Jaina Paddathiya Pooja Vidhi Vidhanagalu'.
The couple named as Robert Zydenbos who is a professor of Indology, Munich University, Germany and his wife Eva Glasmbrenner, who is a Sanskrit Tutor in the University of Munich.  Prof Robert came to India 17 years back and has participated in six mastakabhishekas, three in Shravanabelagola, one in Karkala and two in Dharmasthala. 
He has to his credit a Doctorate in Netherland University for the book 'Swathantrothara Kannada Gadhyasahityadalli iruva Sanskritha Vishista Kathavasthugalu'.  He has specially come from Germany to attend this Mahamastakabhisheka.
When spoke to him about his feelings and experience regarding this Mastakabhisheka he said that he was very happy taking part in all the religious rituals of the Mahamastakabhiseka.  "I am collecting information about Jainism and introducing this Jainism to my mother land, Germany" he said.
Both Robert and Eva speak fluent Kannada.


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