Mahabhisheka for Bahubali at Arethippuru from Dec 1

Mahabhisheka for Bahubali at Arethippuru from Dec 1

A three-day Mahabhisheka will be held for the 12-ft tall statue of Gommateshwara at Arethippuru, Maddur taluk in Mandya district, from December 1, as a prelude to the Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka scheduled to be held at Shravanabelagola in Hassan district, in February 2018, said Jain Mutt seer Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swami.

The Jain munis from across the country visiting Shravanabelagola as part of the Mahamastakabhisheka will first visit Arethippuru and have darshan of Gommateshwara statue here, the seer said.

Bahubali Digambara Thirthakshetra Trust members have made all arrangements in this regard. The Jain Committee has set up an ashram at the foot of the hill to give a facelift to Arethippuru. Siddanthakeerthi Swami has been handed over the charge of the three-day mahabhisheka to be held from December 1.

Speaking to DH, Bhattaraka Swami said, Shravanabelagola is the exact replica of Arethippuru.

While the Bahubali statue at Shravanabelagola was installed in 973 AD, the statue here dates back to 843 AD. It has been decided to perform mahabhisheka to the statue in Arethippuru before the Mahamastakabhisheka in Shravanabelagola, he said.

Chikkabetta and Doddabetta on the outskirts of Arethippuru village were popular Jain religious centres during the rule of Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagar kings. Later, the 12 temples on Chikkabetta were neglected and the idols of the Thirthankaras were defaced.

The Archaeological Survey of India has been trying to give a new lease of life and is conducting excavations on the site since a few years, he added.

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