The Mahamastakabhisheka- grand anointing ceremony of Lord Gommateshwara Bahuabali starts from today, February 17 and will end on February 25 in Shravanbelagola- famous Jain pilgrimage center. This religious occasion is observed once in every 12 years and last Maha Kumbh was held in 2006. The first Abhishek ceremony was conducted in 981 AD and now 2018 event is the 88th in the series.Many do not know that 57-foot high statue of Lord Bahubali- son of first Tirthankara Adinath, was carved from a single rock. This particular statue is considered as world’s tallest monolithic statue. Significance & Ceremonies Related to Anointment of Bahubali Statue Held Every 12 Years in Karnataka
During the Mahamastakabhisheka, sacred water is sprinkled on the people by devotees carrying 1008 vessels. The statue is then bathed and anointed with coconut water, milk, sugarcane juice, saffron, sandalwood, turmeric and vermilion. Offerings like flower petals, precious stones, silver and gold are also done. Reportedly around 30-40 lakhs of devotees from across the world will come to attend the religious event. The first-day of the mega event was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind. A special day- February 21 has been allotted for NRIs for the ceremony. Yes, they can perform Abhishek of Lord Bahubali on this day.
Yesterday a grand procession was also taken out. Apparently, around 200 troupes from various parts of the nation and 50 tableaux took part in the procession which showcased the tradition and culture of Lord Bahubali. Reportedly, chief minister Siddaramaiah will attend the Abhishek today. A lot of preparations have been done for the Maha Kumbh. Right from thousands of tents to five thousand plus police personnel to tow thousand plus home guards for security have been arranged.