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Striking: Annual ‘mastakabhisheka' being performed on Gomateshwara at Gommatagiri near Mysore on Sunday. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Striking: Annual ‘mastakabhisheka' being performed on Gomateshwara at Gommatagiri near Mysore on Sunday. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Jain devotees witnessed the statue of Gomateshwara come alive in different hues at the annual ‘mastakabhisheka' which was performed here on Sunday.

The 62nd mastakabhisheka got under way around noon but the countdown to the proceedings, including the religious rites, commenced much before under the supervision of Bhuvanakeerti Bhattaraka Swami of Kanakagiri Math in Chamarajanagar. At the auspicious hour, the actual anointment ritual commenced much to the delight of the devotees who had occupied vantage points around the hillock.

The priests atop a specially constructed platform performed ‘abhisheka' with tender coconut water as a preliminary rite, after which the statue was drenched with milk, followed by water mixed with sandal, turmeric, kumkum etc. in quick succession.

The cascading flow of the milk enveloped the statue from head to toe which turned white only to turn yellow followed by brilliant orange and red in the backdrop of the deep blue sky. Chants of “Bhagavan Bahubali ki Jai, Gomateshwar ki jai” echoed over the hillock.

The kalashas containing essential ingredients for performing the mastakabhisheka were auctioned to the highest bidder, who got an opportunity to perform the anointment ritual.

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