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Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018 at Shravanabelagola

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.

Place: Shravanabelagola

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.

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13 Comments

  1. This seems like a majestic and very worthwhile ceremony. The statue is beautifully crafted and I’m sure it attracts many visitors. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jainism has a really fascinating culture! I hope the anointing ceremony would be glorious! The celebration really means a lot for Jains. The giant statue is really majestic ?

  3. Good to learn about Mahamastakabhisheka rituals, this review is so expository and I’m a great lover of culture and heritage. It was a delight reading about this rituals. I know most tourists will like to try out the water sports.

  4. I am always fascinated by cultural/ethnical/religious practices which are still given importance and due observance even until now. It goes to show how the people respect and give utmost regard to their predecessors and their practices. Events like this, which is celebrated only once for every how many years, makes it even more meaningful as you don’t get to experience it that often. Would be interested to get to know more about this celebration, and how it impacts the culture and tradition of South India.

  5. First off, I think your photos are great! Second, I’m so glad to have come across your blog. I find Indian culture quite fascinating and reading about this one-of-a-kind ceremony makes me want to plan a trip to India soon. Too bad, this ceremony only happens every 12 years. I’ll have to wait that long before I can witness this event myself.

  6. The place looks amazing and I think they really put it up just for the ceremony. Seeing that the ceremony is only done every 12 years means a lot to the people. It is good to see that they have still kept their practices even though a decade pass by after the last ceremony.

  7. Once in 12 years ceremony that means those that don’t live long might not witness it many times.it seem tourists during Mahamasthakabhisheka have nice activities to engage in.I like the well crafted and polished statue.

  8. This is a very interesting ceremony. Most religious ceremonies I know are done at least once a year. However this is once every 12 years and that is a long time. It;s good to know that the people still keep it as it is and observe it.

  9. yes a very nice place to visit ,I have been there ,the giant sculpture of lord gomadeshwara in the rock is really amazing.there are some homely vegetarian food catering houses nearby .the lakes landscape is also wonderful a very nice place to visit

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