Mahamasthakabhisheka, the head anointing ceremony is performed once in 12 years to the 57 feet tall monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali at Shravanabelagola. The event is being been held under the leadership of His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of Shravanabelagola from 17th-25th February 2018.
Shravanabelagola/Sravanabelagola is one of the most important Jain tirth (a sacred place) of the Jains in South India. It is a place of great importance from the point of pilgrimage and also archeological and religious heritage. The place derives its name from the point that Shravana or Shramana means a Jain ascetic and Belagola or Biliya Kola means white pond.
Mahamastakabhisheka is a once-in-twelve-years ceremony, when the Lord Bahubali statue is anointed with holy water, turmeric and sandalwood paste. The 57 ft-high statue of Lord Bahubali, the son of the first Jain Tirthankara, was carved from a single rock by Chamundaraya, who was the Ganga Dynasty minister and commander, in 981 AD.
Mahamastakabhisheka rituals will start from February 7 and abhisheka (anointment) of Gomateshwara statue will be held from February 17 to 26. Necessary infrastructure and significant works, including scaffolding for Gomateshwara statue atop Vindhyagiri, 12 townships, drinking water project, sanitation, hi-tech UGD treatment plant and road repair, have been completed.
The Mahamastakabhiseka is a sacred, auspicious Jain festival held once in every 12 years in veneration of Gommateswara, or Bhagavan Bahubali. Over 40 lakh visitors from around the world, Jain leaders, acharyas, swamis, and devotees, are expected to attend the consecration festival.
Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure law and order situation and avoid any kind of untoward incidents during this world famous head anointing ceremony of Lord Bahubali, the district administration has decided to ban the sale of all types of alcohol products in two villages- Shravanabelagola and Kantharajapura.
Special Delight at Janivara Tank near Shravanabelgola!
The people visiting Shravanabelagola during Mahamastakabhisheka have an opportunity to dabble in water sports this time. Janivara Tank, located about 4 km from the pilgrimage center, is almost ready to offer water sports and boating. The Tourism Department has provided necessary infrastructure thereby spending about 50 lakh.