The nine-day anointment (Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations) of the 35-foot monolith Venoor Bhagwan Shri Bahubali Swamy celebrations in Venur began on a colourful note on January 28, 2012.
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Mangalore-Venur: Jan-Head-anointing ceremony of the 35-foot gigantic statue to commemorate Lord Bahubali's supreme sacrifice of renouncing the throne in pursuit of liberation.
His is the millennium's second Mahamastakabhisheka to Venur Bahubali, after the first one in 2000. The visual splendour, which comes once in 12 years, began at 8.15pm when the 408-year-old, state's fourth tallest monolith statue, was anointed first with 108 kalasha's of water by successor of Ajila dynasty - which erected the Bahubali in 1604 AD -- Padmaprasad Ajila and family.
Earlier, 108 kalasha's filled 'agrodaka' from the well at Kallu Basadi, two furlongs from the main venue, was brought in a procession at 8pm. The pots filled with water were blessed during the Thorana Muhurat performed at Dhanur lagna (4.20am).
What followed after the 50-minute Jalabhisheka was indeed breath-taking. From white to brown to yellow, the colour of the monolith statue changed by the minute, to the awe of devotees gathered atop the hill as milk, thousands litres of water, turmeric and sandal slided down the gigantic statue for 160 minutes. But the penultimate tribute to the statue was the anointment with varieties of flowers which was awesome. The monolith assumed different colours as the pastes and fluids of different ingredients such as tender coconut water, milk, sugarcane juice, kakshachurna (a concoction), turmeric paste, etc, were poured one after the other.