KARNATAKA

Devotees witness Mahamastakabhisheka

Ritual:Kalashabhisheka being performed as part of first Mahamastakabhisheka at Shirlal in Udupi district on Monday.— Photo: Umesh Marpalli

Ritual:Kalashabhisheka being performed as part of first Mahamastakabhisheka at Shirlal in Udupi district on Monday.— Photo: Umesh Marpalli  

The first ‘Mahamastakabhisheka’ of the newly installed statues of Bhagwan Adinatha, Bharat and Bahubali was held on the 400-year-old Sri Anantha Swami Basadi premises here on Monday.

Several devotees witnessed the religious event. The Mahamastakabhisheka will also be held here on February 19 and 20.

The venue, where the three statues were installed, is called ‘Siddhagiri Kshetra’. The statues, all 11-ft tall, were sculpted in Rajasthan. Earlier, a procession began from the Ratnakara Varni Vedike at around 6 p.m. and went to the Sri Anantha Swami Basadi and then to the Siddhagiri Kshetra. A small idol (‘utsava murthi’) of Adinatha Tirthankara was carried in a wooden palanquin.

Drum-beaters and women carrying ‘kalashas’ participated in the procession. The ‘utsava murthi’ was then kept at the Siddhagiri Kshetra.

Then, the Mahamastakabhisheka of the three statues began with the ‘abhisheka’ from 1,008 ‘kalashas’. This was followed by the ‘abhisheka’ of various items, including tender coconut water, sugarcane juice, milk, rice powder, ‘kashaya’, ‘ashtagandha’ and sandal paste. This was followed by showering of flowers on the statues.

Then the ‘mangalaarti’ was held. The religious ceremonies concluded with the ‘Purna Kumbhabhisheka’ along with ‘mahashanti’ mantras.

The religious ceremonies were held under the guidance of Acharya Sudeshsagar Muni Maharaj and Lalitakeerti Bhatacharya Pattacharyavarya Swami of Jain Math, Karkala.

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