Mahamastak Abhisheka Mahotsav 2018: Inagurated by President (Download PDF)


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The Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsav 2018 of Gommateshwara Bhagwan Sri Bahubali Swami at Shravanabelagola was inaugurated. The monolith statue is a classic example of India’s rich culture, architecture, artistry and workmanship.

Map of Location of Shravanabelagola

Map of Location of Shravanabelagola

Map of Location of Shravanabelagola

Key Facts About the Mahostav

  • Head-anointing ceremony of the 57-feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshwara Bhagwan Sri Bahubali Swami.

  • The Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsav is celebrated once every 12 years for about a 1, 000 years.

  • Ceremony in 2018 is 88th in series that commenced in 981 A. D, and second Mahamastakabhisheka of 21st Century

  • The statue is anointed with flowers, turmeric, and sandalwood powder.

Who is Sri Bahubali Swami?

  • Bahubali or ‘One With Strong Arms’ was the son of Adinath, the first Tirthankara of Jainism.
  • Not only Jain pilgrims, but people from around the globe arrive to watch the grand ceremony.

Key Facts About Jainism

  • Jainism is an Indian religion that emphasizes complete non-violence and asceticism.

  • Followers of Jainism are called Jains

  • There are the 24 spiritual leaders called “ford-makers” or Tirthankaras.

  • The last of the Tirthankaras was Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha who is generally considered the founder of Jainism.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 3, 2018


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