Lord Bahubali's Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations begin with a grand inaugural ceremony

Published: 08th February 2018 10:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2018 09:08 AM  

The 88th Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations kicked off with a grand inaugural ceremony at Shravanabelagola on Wednesday. (Photo: EPS/Nagaraja Gadekal)
President of India Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the event in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other dignitaries at the foothills of the Vindyagiri Hills, where the 57-feet-tall monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali stands. (Photo: EPS)
Mahamastakabhisheka is held once in 12 years, and the festivities are being held for the second time in this millennium. (Photo: EPS/Nagaraja Gadekal)
While Mahamastakabhisheka will be held on February 17, abhisheka will continue till February 26. Panchakalyana Pooja will continue till February 17. Over 28-30 lakh visitors are expected to visit Shravanabelagola during the 19-day religious event. (Photo: EPS/Nagaraja Gadekal)
After 37 long years, Bartolomivis 77-year-old Belgian national has travelled all the way from his country to witness the 88th Mahamastakabhisheka. (Photo: EPS)
The Mahamastakabhisheka begins with devotees carrying 108 kalashas (holy pots). The statue is then bathed and anointed with libations such as water, milk, sugarcane juice and saffron paste, and sprinkled with powders of sandalwood, turmeric and vermilion. Later, devotees will perform abhisheka in 1,008 holy pots till the end of the event. (Photo: EPS/Nagaraja Gadekal)
More than 1,200 artistes from local and different parts of the state will perform during 19 days of the religious event. IN PIC: President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita at the inauguration of Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsava 2018. (Photo: EPS/Nagaraja Gadekal)
Mahamastakabhisheka rituals began with a special pooja to the foot of the Gomateshwara statue atop Vindhyagiri. A group of 10 priests and Sanskrit scholars conducted a homa and a gana homa and recited shlokas on the occasion with thousands of devotees participating.(Photo: EPS/Nagaraja Gadekal)
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