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Mahabhisheka offered to Nandi statue at Chamundi hills

The iconic Nandi statue was the cynosure of all eyes during the mastakabhisheka at Chamundi Hills in Mysuru on Sunday morning.

The Mahabhisheka was carried out by the ‘Bettada Balaga’, which was constituted by a group of morning walkers and joggers frequenting the Chamundi Hills, with the objective of sprucing up the statue.

In their quest to refurbish the nearly 15-ft tall statue, the members consulted various people, including Shivaratri Deshikendra seer of Suttur Mutt, who suggested that they undertake mahabhisheka to restore the sanctity of the neglected statue. This year’s event was the eighth in the series and guided by a battery of priests.

The 350-year-old Nandi statue was bathed with 32 ingredients, including tender coconut water, milk, buttermilk, sandal paste, kumkum, curd and ghee. After the ceremony, the statue was decorated with flowers.

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