Siddu refuses doli, climbs Vindhyagiri Hills

Siddu refuses doli, climbs Vindhyagiri Hills

February 18, 2018

Shravanabelagola: Chief Minister Siddharamaiah launched the 88th Mahamastakabhisheka by performing jalabhisheka yesterday. He poured the water six times on the Bahubali statue.

Shravanabelagola Mutt Pontiff Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji and Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr. Veerendra Heggade were by his side during the anointment.

This century’s second Mahamastakabhisheka was launched under the leadership of Sri Vardhamanasagara and later all others present participated in the anointment.

Siddharamaiah climbs the Hill steps

CM Siddharamaiah arrived in Shravanabelagola by helicopter and surprised everyone around him including his security by suddenly taking a decision to climb the 700 steps to reach the top of the Hill. All arrangements had been made to carry him on the doli.

“Shravanabelagola is a holy shrine and Lord Bahubali sacrificed everything and stood in penance preaching non-violence and peace. Therefore, I thought it would not be correct on my part to make the doli-bearers carry me. I had a stent fixed during a heart surgery 18 years ago. But I did not find any trouble climbing,” he said.

The 70-year old CM climbed the steps without taking any break or even taking a sip of water till he reached the top of the Vindhyagiri Hills where the majestic statue of Bahubali stands. He, however, asked his officials to pay the doli-bearers even though they did not carry him.

On the second day of the anointment ceremony today, the rituals are expected to go on throughout the day as it was curtailed yesterday. Hence, more devotees are expected to throng the shrine.

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Siddu refuses doli, climbs Vindhyagiri Hills”

  1. dr.m.shanthakumar says:

    sidduu should not have been permitted to pour abhishekam on bahubali- belonging pure vegetarian food habits of jains) !!! who knows he must eaten non-veg (fish, chilken or beef) beef and come for this function. ? as well it surprises me how he can claimb
    along dr.veerendra hegde!! the wHOLE
    of karntaka respects dr. verendra hegde. IT IS A SHAME TO SDDU FOR HAVING CLAIMED THE HILL TO POuR ABHISHEKAAND AS WELL ACCOMPANYING DR.VEERENDRA HEGDE.. of course he will argue “no boards were put up not to eat nonveg and claimb the steps. ? a month back we know how worst his behaviour was when he made darshan to lord manjunatha at dharmastala having eaten fish and chicken ! childish fellow
    person of the stte.


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