Maha Mastakabhisheka at Shravanabelagola is a once in 12 year celebration involving worshipping Gomateshwara (Bahubali) statue.
Last Mahamasthakabhisheka was held in 2018 and the next one will be held in 2030. Maha Mastakabhisheka celebrations last about 9 days. During Maha Mastakabhisheka, Shravanabelagola town sees an influx of over a million devotees.
Highlights of Mahamastakabhisheka
- Pouring of water on Bahubali statue for cleaning purposes.
- Smearing of Bahubali statue with sandalwood paste, vermillion, turmeric, milk, saffron paste, sugarcane juice, curd etc. Over the course of 9 days, different material is used each day
- Distribution of holy water among participants, using 1008 specially designed Kalashas (unique vessels)
- Flower shower from helicopter, on the last day of Maha Mastakabhisheka
Places to visit near Shravanabelagola: Shettihalli church (72kms), Markonahalli dam (62 kms), Sakaleshapura (92 kms), Melukote (35 kms), KRS Dam (60 kms), Beluru and Halebidu (90 kms) are some of the attractions which can be visited along with a tour of Shravanabelagola.
How to reach Shravanabelagola: Shravanabelagola is 145 kms from Bengaluru and 85 kms from Mysuru
By Air: Mysuru is the nearest airport 85 kms away
By Train: Shravanabelagola has a train station with up to five different trains providing connectivity from Bengaluru each day.
By Road: Buses are also available from Hassan to Shravanabelagola. Places of interest here can be explored on foot.
Places to stay near Shravanabelagola: Temple management runs two Dharamshalas or guest houses which can be booked subject to availability by visiting temple offices. Budget hotels are available in Shravanabelagola town. More hotel options are available at Chennarayapattana town 12 kms from Shravanabelagola. Due to the large number of visitors during Mahamastakabhisheka hotels around Shravanabelagola get sold out fast. Either advance booking or a day trip from nearby cities is recommended.