The inscription is dedicated in praise of the Ganga king Rachamall who funded the effort, and his general Chavundaraya, who commissioned the statue for the fulfillment of the wish of his mother.
Image Credit: maverickshree.About Bahubali Bahubali was the son of Rishabhanatha, the first of the 24 Tirthankaras in Jainism and is also known as Gommatesha. From a 9th century Sanskrit poem, Adi Purana, written by Digambara monk Jinasena, the story of Bahubali is deciphered.
His eyes are open in a face with perfectly chiseled features and are sporting a faint smile tugging at the corner of his lips.
His face, smile and posture embody a calm vitality ascetic detachment.
Bahubali won the three contests of the challenge against Bharat but was disgusted by all the violence that being a king entails.
He subsequently abandoned his kingdom, family and other worldly attachments to become a Digambara monk.
Situated on top of the Vindhyagiri hill at an altitude of 1020.16m, in the Temple Town of Shravanabelgola, is the giant monolithic statue dedicated to Jain deity Lord Gommateshwara, also known as Bahubali.
Image Credit: History According to the inscriptions at the base of the statue of Gommateshwara, it is said that Ganga Ruler Rachamalls’s able General and Commander-in-Chief Chavundaraya's mother, Kalala Devi, saw a huge statue of Gommateshwara in her dreams. Chavundaraya decide to build the statue of Gommateshwara at Sravanabelgola, a site already sanctified by the Jains.
Another legend has it that Chavundaraya arrived at this place overshadowed by two hills, Chandragiri and Indragiri, with a pond in between, on his way to pilgrimage with his mother.
He meditated for one year in the kayotsarga posture to attain omniscience or ‘Gyana’ and became the first human of this kalpa (world age) to gain liberation (siddha).
Image Credit: Mahamastakabhisheka Festival The Gomateshwara statue atop the Shravanabelagola hill becomes the focal point of the “Mahamastakabhisheka festival” every 12 years.
The valley between the two hills around the pond was named Shravanabelgola (‘Shravana’ meaning saint; ‘Bel Gola’ meaning white pond).