Prime News, State, (Shravanabelagola), January 12:-Preparations are in full swing at this key Jain pilgrimage centre for the anointment ceremony of the 17 metre monolith statue of lord Bahubali, one of the largest free standing statues in the world, to be held from February 17 to 25.
Called the Mahamastabhisheka, the head anointment ceremony is held once in 12 years with Jain pilgrims from across the world gathering at the hill top with the statue of lord Gomateshwara.
The statue was built by the Ganga dynasty Minister and Commander Chavundaraya in 981 AD.
Bahubali a much revered figure among Jains, was the son of Adinath, the first Tirthankara of Jainism, and the younger brother of Bharata Chakravartin.
He is said to have meditated for one year in a standing posture and during this time, climbing plants grew around his legs.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)