Third Masthakabhisheka

The third Mastakabhisheka of the Bahubali at Dharmasthala was its very first Mastakabhisheka of the 21 st century. It was held from 28th of January to 2nd of February 2007. More so, this ceremony also marked the silver jubilee of the statue’s consecration. This ceremony, as expected, outdid the previous ones in significance, as well as magnitude. The third Mastakabhisheka sure included the conventional rituals and factors that all such ceremonies do; alongside being a star-studded affair. Celebrity names such as Ambarish from Kannada film industry, Hema Malini, S.P. Balasubhramaniam were amongst the many big names that added to the cultural display in occasion of the ceremony.

The ritualistic curtain raises such as Laksha Deepotsava at the Thousand Pillar Temple at Moodubidre, Chaturvimsthati teerthankara aaradhane, paying respects to the scaffolding around the statue before its use, etc were carried out in advance. A huge garland made of Rudraksha was donated by devotees at the occasion, but the same was not utilized for the Mastakabhisheka. Large quantities of milk were also received as donation by a well-known distributor in the area who found pride in thus being a part of the ceremony.

The third Mastakabhisheka was presided over by 108 Acharya Shri Vardhamana Sagara Maharaj, in the presence of the famed Jain Muni Shri Tarunsagar Maharaj. Over 5 lakh devotees were a part of the proceedings that included anointing of the Colossus, cultural extravaganza and also material exhibitions. Every preparation that eased the obtaining of spiritual experiences for devotees was made by the committee, including special arrangements for undisturbed electricity supply throughout the ceremony.

A handful of memorable initiatives launched during the third Mastakabhisheka include the website, which included all the details of Dharmasthala, its whereabouts, initiatives and more. A customized printing press was also inaugurated at the occasion, which would cater to all publication related requirements of Dharmasthala. Special postcards and postal covers were designed in memory of the ceremony by the Postal Service Department, the government of India. Also, an exquisite coin collection stole the limelight at the exhibition.