Second Masthakabhisheka

February 5 – 10, 1995 marked the glorious ceremony of the second Mastakabhisheka of the Dharmasthala Bahubali. After the consecration of the statue, this was the first occasion that marked the progress of a number of aspects that found their initiation at the first Mastakabhisheka. Not only did this affair aptly uphold the conventional norms of Bahubali Mastakabhisheka, there was so much more to be looked up to. As the colossus was anointed with holy fluids as lakhs of devotees stood witness, the development projects undertaken by Dharmasthala had accomplished milestones and deserved all the limelight.

The second Mastakabhisheka was more about acknowledging the ripples of positivity that the Bahubali statue had been the fountainhead to. The SKDRDP project had, in 12 years, encompassed 81 villages, 12,000 families, made 8,300 people literate, created Rs. 40 crores worth assets and made the Bahubali statue worth its legacy. This Mastakabhisheka, the last of 20th century, stood as a symbol of all the means through which Dharmasthala was making the world a better place. Having taken inspiration from the Bahubali statue and the story behind it – and inculcating them all towards social welfare – Dr.Heggade mentioned during the second Mastakabhisheka that he does indeed feel a sense of accomplishment. Rightfully so!

This ceremony was presided over by 108 Acharya Shri Vardhamana Sagara Maharaj who also led the curtain-raising rituals such as paada pooje. Of the many attractions at the occasion, a ‘movable Bahubali’ created by Focus Studio Mysore attracted the most limelight. Apparently, a creative photographer decided he wanted to pay a tribute to the grand legacy of Bahubali establishment at Dharmasthala, for which he designed a replica of the statue, embroidered in cloth reaching a height of 64 feet. This artwork moved around the vicinity during the ceremony to the awe of people. Other special features included a youth conference and a national level exhibition amongst many others. The last Mastakabhisheka of the century ensured that the purpose, efforts, and visions that inspired the consecration of the statue were upheld to the fullest.