10 March 2018

Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018 Celebration!!!

So the once in 12 years grand occasion of Mahamastakabhisheka was started. The occasion was inaugurated by honourable President of India Ram Nath Kovind on 7th Feb and attended by many dignitaries including Prime Miniter Narendra Modi over the days of celebration. 
We were part of the celebration with invite from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to cover the occasion. While hubby had moved to Bangalore in January, I managed to fly to Bangalore for a weekend from Pune to attend the celebration. We drove to Hassan the previous day to collect our passes, stayed there for a night and drove to Shravanbelagola the next morning. Being the initial 10 days of celebration, the entry was strictly for media and pass holders who had bought the Jalabhisheka and Panchamrutha Abhisheka in auction. Even with the hot and humid weather, people gathered in thousands to attend the celebration. The celebration started with jalabhisheka(water) followed by Panchamrutha Abhisheka with milk, sugarcane juice, rice atta, tender coconut water, sandalwood paste, saffron paste ending with flowers, garland and aarti. 
Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel

Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel

Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel

Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel

Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel

Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel

Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel
The 10 days celebration had religious and cultural celebration at many stages set up in and around Shravanbelagola city. Food and accommodation arrangements were equally well managed by the Shravanbelagola Jain matt, jain communities from different cities, with the help of many volunteers.  
Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel
Chamundaraya Mantap - a stage set for the religious celebration

Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel
Night view of Vindhyagiri Hill in light
The Mahamasthakabhisheka celebration will be till August, however the other religious celebrations and arrangements were till Feb end only. You can plan a visit soon. There is lot more to just the Mahamasthakabhisheka celebration and Vindhyagiri Hill, explore the temple town along with Chandragiri hill and the other temples to be mesmerised by the history and heritage it offers.

Travel Tips:
1. Footwear not allowed up the hill, carry socks if you want to avoid the burning hot stone steps while climbing up. There are stalls selling socks as well if you miss carrying.
2. Carry caps, umbrellas to avoid the heat while watching the celebration, as there is no shade except near the foot of the idol, which is mostly crowded.
3. There is drinking water available, but food not available, people manage to carrying, but should be avoided.
4. Try to climb the hill early morning to avoid the heat.
5. No good accommodation or food is available other than the first 10 days celebration. For accommodation and food you can opt for Hassan city which is 50km from Shravanbelagola city.

28 January 2018

Bahubali @ Lalbagh Republic Day Horticultural Show 2018...

While there are lot of events lined up at Shravanbelagola as part of Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava, Bengaluru was not left behind. This year's Republic Day Horticultural Show at Lalbagh in Bengaluru had the theme of the Bahubali Mahamasthabhisheka. The show was so beautifully curated, that Shravanbelagola and Bahubali were brought live at the show. Flowers, millets, rangoli, much more used to replicate the idol and the temple town.
Here is a glimpse of it, clicked by my cousin,
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Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
Vindhyagiri hill
Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
Bahubali Masthakabhisheka done by Gullakayajji

Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018

Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
Representation of Mahamasthakabhisheka

Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
Millet statue of Bahubali

Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
Rangoli of Bahubali

Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
Rangoli of Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji

Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
Fights between Bahubali and Bharatha - Dhristi yuddha, Jala Yuddha and Malla Yddha in that order
Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
Jala Yuddha

Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka 2018, Bahubali, Bangalore, Lal Bagh, Lal Bagh Flower Show, Lal Bagh Flower Show 2018
An illusion art of Bahubai
Watch for my previous post on Lalbagh flower show here.

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13 January 2018

Kalyani - The Pond..

The temple town of Shravanabelagola gets its name from its pond, Kalyani. Belagola or Bili kola meaning white pond, which became Shravanabelagola, with the visit of many jain monks called Sharavanas. The pond which is said to have been formed by the milk poured by Gullakayajji(visit the link to know the story) on Bahubali idol on Vindhyagiri Hill.
Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel
The pond which had been the main source of water of the town for years, has steps which lead you to water. It is surrounded by wall with gates surmounted by towers and presently restricted with entry. I still recall those days, when it was open to public, and the water fountain at the centre used to be functional and light at night.
Bahubali, Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka 2018, Karnataka, Travel
The towers on the gates too have great carving from inside out and the pond with the reflection of the surrounding greens adores the beautiful of the temple town when viewed from both the hills.

History

(info credit Mahamasthakabhisheka)
It was built by Annaiah the officer of Kammata (mint) but he died before its completion. Later his grandson Krishnawodeyar-I completed the gopura, the tank and corridor as mentioned in Anathakavi’s Gommateshwara Charite. In the course of years the construction was also taken over by Chikkadevarajendra Wodeyar, the king who ruled Mysore state from A.D. 1672-1704 and was completed in A.D. 1723 in his memory as he died during the period of its construction.


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