5 lakh devotees had Bahubali's darshan in last 4 days

5 lakh devotees had Bahubali's darshan in last 4 days

5 lakh devotees had Bahubali's darshan in last 4 days

Around five lakh people from across the country have visited the Jain pilgrimage centre Shravanabelagola in the last four days to have darshan of Bahubali, according to the police department.

Though the Mahamastakabhisheka is being held for the 58-ft-high monolithic statue of Gommateshwara at Vindhyagiri hill, a large number of people have been visiting Chandragiri hill also. More than one lakh people have visited the Jain basadis so far.

The queue of the devotees, which starts at the break of dawn, continues till dusk. Dignitaries, those purchasing kalashas and devotees from foreign countries are allowed darshan in the morning and the public are allowed after 2.30 pm. The scorching heat does not deter the devotees standing in long queues for more than five hours to have darshan of Bahubali, covering their heads with umbrellas and caps.

Heli-tourism

For the first time, the festival authorities have introduced heli-tourism at Gomatanagar. The devotees can have a glimpse of the Bahubali statue and the Vindhyagiri during the heli-ride for eight minutes. Bahubali Helitourism Company is organising the tour, which costs Rs 2,100 per person.

Virtual reality glasses

The devotees had a clear view of the Mahamastakabhisheka rituals, using special glasses “ Virtual Reality (VR) glasses “ brought out by Maya-VR organisation. More than 40,000 people viewed the rituals using the glasses on the first day. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree also had darshan of Lord Bahubali using the glasses.

Besides, the ceremony is streamed live on Maya-VR channel. It can also can be viewed by downloading the special App on mobile phones.

 

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