Mahanastabisheka Event in Sharavanabelagola
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The Mahamastakabhisheka (Grand Consecration/The Great Indian Festival) refers to the abhiṣheka (anointment) of the Jain images when held on a large scale. The most famous of such consecrations is the anointment of the Bahubali Gommateshwara Statue located at Shravanabelagola in Karnataka, India. It is an important Jain festival held once in every 12 years. It is an integral part of the ancient and composite Jain tradition. The festival is held in veneration of a 17.3736 metres (57.000 ft) high monolithic statue of the Siddha Bahubali. The anointing last took place in 2006, and the next ceremony is going to take place in 2018. The ceremony in 2018 is said to be the 88th in the series that commenced in the year 981 A.D.and second Mahamastakabhisheka of the 21st Century. The ceremony is expected to be graced by numerous Jain ascetics. The event is being be held under the leadership of His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji of Shravanabelagola from
How to Reach Shravanabelagola
It is easy to reach the town of Shravanabelagola through air, rail, or road.
You can reach the town by taking a flight to Bangalore International Airport, which is the nearest airport. It is at a distance of about 165 km. You can take a cab, taxi, or bus to cover the distance from the airport to the town. It will take you around 3.5 hours to reach the town.
Shravanabelagola has no railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is at Hassan. It is at a distance of about 50 km. You can reach your destination under one hour by taking a bus or taxi ride.
There are several buses that connect the small town to the capital city of Bangalore.