Baahubali is a much revered figure in Jainism; 57 ft (17m) high monolith statue dedicated to Gommateswara was built in 981 AD. Height 1.575km
Mantram: Om Shri Gomateshaya Namah
Bahubali (means One With Strong Arms), was the son of Rishabhanatha, the first tirthankara of Jainism. He is said to have meditated motionless for a year in a standing posture (kayotsarga) and that during this time, climbing plants grew around his legs. After his year of meditation, Bahubali attained omniscience (Kevala Jnana). According to Jain texts, Bahubali’s soul was liberated from the cycle of births and deaths (moksha ) at Mount Kailash. He is revered as a liberated soul (Siddha) by the Jains.
Location: Sravanabelagola, Hassan, Karnataka
- The statue was built by the Ganga dynasty minister and commander Chavundaraya;
- It is one of the largest free-standing statues in the world.
- The statue is visible from 25 km away.
- Shravanabelagola has remained a centre of pilgramage (tirtha) for the Jains.
- He is also known as “Manmatha” because Jain tradition considers him to be the first Cupid (Kamadeva) of Avasarpini.
- First tirthankara, Rishabhanatha had two sons Bharata and Bahubali.
Near Bus station (Back in Vidyanada Dharmashaala)
The management committee is providing all Residencies facility in Shravanabelagola. Here thousand’s of tourist’s everyday staying. Lot of Rooms (single double), and some guest houses available.
Otherwise few Lodges in Shravanabelagola and nearest cities (Channarayapattana, Hassan, & Mysore etc)
Bahubali family life
- Bahubali was born to Rishabhanatha and Sunanda during the Ikshvaku dynasty in Ayodhya.
- He is said to have excelled in studying medicine, archery, floriculture, and the knowledge of precious gems.
- Bahubali had a son named Somakirti (also known as Mahabala).
- When Rishabhanatha decided to become a monk, he distributed his kingdom among his 100 sons.
- 98 brothers became monks, Bahubali won all the three contests over his elder brother, Bharata for the throne. After the fight Bahubali was filled with disgust at the world and developed a desire for renunciation.
- Bahubali abandoned his clothes and kingdom to become a Digambara He began meditating with great resolve to attain omniscience (Kevala Jnana) and said to have meditated motionless in a standing posture (kayotsarga ) for a year. About the same time, Bharata came in all humility to Bahubali and worshiped him with veneration and respect. Bahubali could then quell the disturbing element in his thoughts and soon succeeded in his effort to destroy the four kinds of inimical karmas.
- Bahubali finally attained liberation (moksha) and became a pure, liberated soul (siddha). He is said to be the first Digambara monk to have attained moksha in the present half-cycle of time (avasarpini).
Popular Bahubali statues
- 17.4 m (57 feet) at Shravanabelagola in Hassan in 981 AD
- 12.8 m (42 feet) at Karkala in Udupi in 1430 AD
- 11.9 m (39 feet) at Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada in 1973 AD
- 10.7 m (35 feet) at Venur in Dakshina Kannada in 1604 AD
- 6 m (20 feet) at Gommatagiri in Mysore in 12th Century AD
A 39-foot (12 m) high statue that weighs about 175 t (175,000 kg) is installed at Dharmasthala in Karnataka in 1973 AD.
Gommateshwara Bahubali is magnificent and munificent alike – Magnificent in form and valour, Munificent in prayer and deed. This Son of the first of the twenty four Jain serene, is worshipped for great qualities he made his own in all stages of his life viz., conception, birth, renunciation, enlightenment and salvation. Gorgeous, that is his external appearance. Grand and Illuminating that is his purity for soul, attained by his victory over angel greed and pride, making him the hallowed and revered symbol oi legendary seeker of truth.
The Mahamasthakabhisheka, the head anointing ceremony of the Lord Gommateshwara Sri Bahubali observed once every
12 years in Jain Dharmic cycle is an Integral part of ancient and composite Indian tradition. The ceremony of 2006 is the 87 of the series that commenced in the year 981 AD. Hundreds of devotees and tourists from different parts participated in the ceremony being held over a span of 12 days.
The Mahamasthakabhisheka, is the head anointing ceremony, of Gommateshwara Bhagawan Bahubali statue the colossus, the tallest monolith in the world atop the Vindyagiri hill at Shravanabelagola held once every twelve years. It is an integral religious and ancient composite Indian tradition It is a rare feast to the eyes and a meritorious opportunity to the devotees and tourists.
The ritual Mahamasthakabhisheka of Gommateshwara statue, first consecratory bath Prathista Abhisheka performed by the Ganga Prime Minister Chavundaraya and his guru Achaiya Sri Nemichandra Siddhantha Chakravarthi. It seems, there have been regular ceremonies of head anointing and the sacred bath once every 12 years.
At present, freshest and purest tender coconut, sugarcane juice, milk, rice flour, turmeric paste, kashaya (herbal concoction), shrigandha (sandal paste), chandana (coloured sandal paste), ashtagandha (8 varieties of sandal paste), saffron, gold and silver flowers, and precious stones, culminating in a spectacular shower of flowers from a helicopter.
The belief that every Tirthankara undergoes the five-benedictory events-conception, birth, renunciation, enlightenment and nirvana (liberation from body), presaging freedom from Karma, are important festivals of Jainism.