Shravanabelagola is a beautiful place located in the Hassan district of Karnataka and is 158 km from Bangalore. We visited this place sometime in May 2006 during the MahaMastakAbhisheka ceremony.

This place is an important Jain pilgrimage and is famous for the 57 feet monolithic statue of the Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali(located on the Vindyagiri). It is considered to be the world’s largest monolithic stone statue.

MahaMastakAbhisheka is the spectacular ‘head anointing ceremony’in which the statue is covered with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins. This ceremony is performed only once in the 12 years.

The base of the statue has the first and oldest evidence of written Marathi language.

34 thoughts on “Mahamastakabhisheka

  1. i have heard a lot of Shravanabelagola but never had the chance to visit it… i had no idea the entire statue was made of stone.. very impressive work..

  2. Wow…amazing. Its in such situations that we realise how small and insignificant we (and our worries) are 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pics. Btw, what does that inscription mean?

  3. wow! I didn’t know about the inscription of the base of the statue.
    We had visited the place when I was a kid and I still remember being completely over awed by it… 🙂

    waiting for the rest of the pics Shree! 🙂

  4. Haven’t witnessed the abhishek..but Bahubali looks regal! Climbing the stairs left me breathless. It was worth it. Belur-Halebid is closeby..hope you visited those.

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