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Preservation of statue is in expert hands

Preservation of statue is in expert hands

Context:

There is a belief that the holy bath of the Gomateshwara statue, using sugarcane juice, sandalwood paste, and milk during the Mahamastakabhishekha is essential to preserve the 58.8-ft monolithic statue at Shravanabelagola.

Expert  panel says:

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), however, does chemical wash and chemical treatment regularly as part of its conservation efforts.
  • Experts from the Science Branch of the ASIheaded by   D. Ambethkar, Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist did chemical treatment of the statue a few days before the scaffolding for the Mahamastakabhishekha was erected.
  • Experts will repeat the treatment once the anointing ceremony is over.”
  • Alkaline cleaning liquids are used to clean the statue. Once the event is over, experts will wash the statue again and treat it with water repellents.

NOTE:

“Water repellents are used to avoid moisture penetration

Know about Mahamastakabhisheka:

  • The Mahamastakabhisheka  refers to the abhiṣheka (anointment) of the Jain images when held on a large scale. The most famous of such consecrations is the anointment of the Bahubali Gommateshwara Statue located at Shravanabelagola in KarnatakaIndia.
  • It is an important Jain festival held once in every 12 years.
  • It is an integral part of the ancient and composite Jain tradition.
  • The festival is held in veneration of a 17.3736 metres (57.000 ft) high monolithic statue of the Siddha Bahubali.
  • The anointing last took place in 2006
  •  The ceremony in 2018 is said to be the 88th in the series that commenced in the year 981 A.D. and second Mahamastakabhisheka of the 21st Century.
  • The event is being be held under the leadership of Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji of Shravanabelagola from 17-25 February 2018.
  • The statue was installed in 981 and since then the anointing ceremony has been conducted once in 12 years.

Know ASI:

The Archaeological Survey of India, founded in 1861 in the British Indian Empire, is a Government of India Ministry of Cultureorganisation responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country.

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