The Mahamastakabisheka festival, an elaborate ritual, held here once every 12 years, the last one in 2006, attracts devotees from all over the world. Priests climb up to pour hundreds of pots of tender coconut water, turmeric paste, vermilion powder, sugarcane juice, milk, rice flour, kashaya (a herbal concoction), shrigandha (sandal paste), chandana (coloured sandal paste), ashtagandha (eight varieties of sandal paste), saffron, gold and silver flowers, and precious stones over the statue's head. A spectacular finale to this splendid ceremony is a shower of flowers from a helicopter.
How to reach here....
- By Road : It is well connected by Road network and is about 49 Km from Hassan and about 150 Km from Bangalore and about 80 Km from Mysore. It is around 11 km from Channarayapatna, a taluk head-quarter (in Hassan District) on Bangalore-Mangalore National Highway. Regular bus services from Hassan and Channarayapatna are available.