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    February 09, 2006


    Yesterday, at Shravanabelagola, the Mahamastakabhisheka of the 58 ft. tall monolithic statue of Bahubali was conducted.

    Goscinny and Uderzo, in a backhanded tribute to Ben-Hur, wrote "The greatest story ever drawn. 14 litres of india ink, 30 brushes, 62 soft pencils, 1 hard pencil, 27 rubbers [erasers], 1984 sheets of paper, 16 typewriter ribbons, 2 typewriters, 366 pints of beer went into its creation!". They were referring to 'Asterix and Cleopatra'.

    "The Hindu" reports

    108 kalashas, 500 tender coconuts, 300 kalashas of Ikshurasa, 300 kalashas of milk, 100 kg of milled rice, 25 kg of sandalwood paste, 25 kg of turmeric paste and other ingredients were offered to the Lord of the Vindhyagiri
    A 'kalasha' is a vessel and I'm assuming that it can hold around a litre. Each coconut would have cost at least Rs. 5. I don't know what Ikshurasa is. A litre of milk costs anywhere from Rs. 12 to Rs. 14. Milled rice would cost around Rs. 12 to Rs. 15 per kg. I have no idea what the price of sandalwood and turmeric paste is.

    The arithmetic tells us that a minimum of Rs. 7300 would have been spent on this 'abhishekam'. With Rs. 7300, they could have instead fed around 700 people since I'm fairly sure you can get a decent meal for around Rs. 10.

    What is the point of this exercise, if not a show of strength? I'm agnostic. Perhaps I'm not qualified to comment. Perhaps there will be hordes of Jains (and people from other religions) who will be offended. I don't really care. Rs. 7300 may not seem a huge amount, but feeding 700 odd more people certainly does seem a huge task, doesn't it?

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