Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The anointment to the 57-ft statue of Gomateshwara is held once in 12 years.
The hospitality and the tourism sector of Mysuru hopes for a high tourist turnout during the low season in wake of the Mahamastakabhisheka at Shravanabelagola in February 2018.
The grand anointment to the 57-ft statue of the Jain deity Bahubali or Gomateshwara is held once in 12 years and draws pilgrims from across the world.
The event has a historical significance since it is held every 12 years ever since the free-standing sculpture was carved out of a rock in 981 A.D. by the Ganga dynasty Minister Chamundaraya. Although the events are officially slated to be held from February 17 to 25, the ceremonies associated with the anointment will extend for few more months for the public.
This has uplifted the tourism sector in Mysuru. The peak tourism season in Mysuru begins in October during Dasara and hits a high during December/January after which there is a lull for 3 months starting from February. But with Mahastakabshisheka in February, the low-season may see a new high in the arrival of tourists.
“In 2006, nearly 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh tourists visited Mysuru and surrounding places or used the city as the base camp before making a trip to Shrvanabelagola which is about 80 km from Mysuru. This year, expectations are higher and nearly 5 lakh tourists are expected to visit Mysuru in the same period for which we are prepared,” said Narayana Gowda, president, Hotel and Restaurant Owners’ Association.