Anointing of Gommateshwara
|Also called||Translation: Head Anointing of Gommateshwara|
|Significance||Completion of the statue of Gommateshwara|
|Celebrations||Anointing the statue of Gommateshwara with milk, saffron, flowers, etc.|
|Observances||Prayers, Religious rituals|
|Date||Decided by the luni-solar Jain calendar|
|Frequency||every 12 years|
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The Mahamastakabhisheka (lit. grand consecration) is an important Jain festival held once every twelve years in the town of Shravanabelagola in Karnataka, India. The festival is held in veneration of a 17.3736 metres (57.000 ft) high statue of the siddha Bahubali. The anointing last took place in 2006, and the next ceremony is going to take place in 2018.
As the Mahamastakabhisheka begins, consecrated water is sprinkled onto the participants by devotees carrying 1,008 specially prepared vessels. The statue is then bathed and anointed with libations such as milk, sugarcane juice, and saffron paste, and sprinkled with powders of sandalwood, turmeric, and vermilion. Offerings are made of petals, gold and silver coins, and precious stones. Most recently, the ceremony's finale has included an enormous shower of flowers from a waiting helicopter. This event was covered live by Aastha TV.
Purified water and sandalwood paste is poured over the statue from a scaffolding. This event continues for weeks.
- Dharmasthala Mahamastakabhisheka
- Karkala Mahamastakabhisheka - The last Mahamastakabhisheka was held in February 2002, and the next will be in 2015.
- Venur Mahamastakabhisheka - The last one was from 28 January 2012 to 5 February 2012. The next one will be in 2024.
- Kumbhoj Mahamastakabhisheka - The last Mahamastakabhisheka was held in 2015, and the next will be in 2027.
- Mahamastakabhisheka preparations
- Mahamastakabhisheka prayers
- Jaini, Padmanabh S. (1998) , The Jaina Path of Purification, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 81-208-1578-5
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- Photographs of the Bahubali statue at Shravanbelagola