Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | March 21, 2008

One of the Most Extraordinary Acts of Devotion in the World

I have just found this wonderful slide show of the Jain festival of

MAHAMASTAK ABHISHEKThe Grand Anointing Ceremony
This magnificent ceremony of the Jains takes place once every12 years, in Karnataka. To pay homage to Bahubali, an18-metre high statue of the saint is anointed with milk, sugarcane juice and herbal powders.

It is by award-winning photographer Karoki Lewis, on the BBC website. Have a look here!


  1. Amazing – I hope people took the time to look through the slides … the visceral spectacle of all those substances poured over the massive statue, and the look of rapture and devotion on the people’s faces … thanks for sharing that, Philip.

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