Celestial Coronation: Mahamastakabhishekam of Bahubali - Karkala (DVD)

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R. BharathadriIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Art, New Delhi27:32 Minutes
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The film revolves around the most revered Mahamastakabhishekam of Bahubali – Karkala that takes place every 12 years. It begins by establishing the Jaina Heritage site or Basadi of Karkala. Then it documents the 10 day ritualistic bathing of Bahubali who towers 42 feet tall to signal his momentous presence. Kheer Abhisheka, the homa, procession and taking out of Utsava Murti punctuate the film. It shows how Kalashas are tied with sacred thread for Kalasha puja, and how, an the 10th day, 1008 Kalashas, and 350 tender coconut water filled Kalashas, are poured on the head of Bahubali, for bathing him, in different colours. It shows sugarcane juice, 350 ltrs of milk being poured and 75 kgs of rice powder, sandal, turmeric being sprinkled. This document on celestial bathing provides a window in to the socio-theological depths of Jaina philosophy.

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