Gommateshwara of Shravanabelagola

Who doesn’t already know the story of ‘Gommateshwara’ (a.k.a. Bahubali) and his supreme sacrifice; he won everything from his brother and could have become an emperor, but he returned everything back and chose the life of an ascetic. Bahubali is considered an ideal man who conquers selfishness, jealousy, pride and anger. Bahubali is a major figure in Jainism.

Gommateshwara of Shravanabelagola

This is a monolithic statue of Bahubali, referred to as “Gommateshvara”, built by the Ganga dynasty minister and commander Chamundaraya. It’s 60 feet (18 m) in height and is situated above a hill in Shravanabelagola, in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. It was built in the 10th century AD.

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