Timings : 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : INR 200
Bahubali Statue, a breathtaking monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali is located in Dharmasthala, on top of the Ratnagiri Hill near River Nethravathi, in the Indian state of Karnataka. Bahubali which means the 'One with Strong Arms', is a legendary figure known for his Strength, Power and Intellect. His persona is highly praised and is considered an essential aspect of the Jain religion. The sculptured statue stands at a massive height of 57 feet and is carved out of a single rock. Some visit the statue to offer their prayers and some to come one step closer to peace and salvation.
This architectural marvel is listed among the world's largest free-standing statues and depicts the time Bahubali stood motionless for a year in deep introspection. One who knows how much it takes to sit down motionless for a few minutes will know how difficult it is to sit motionless for months. Therefore, Bahubali is considered Lord Bahubali, the one who possesses immense strength and self-control and is such an inspiring figure that there are books and movies made to ensure the entire world knows about his existence. In fact, a Sanskrit Poem, Adi Purana, written and composed by Jinasena in the 9th century, mentions the ten lives of Bahubali, his father, Adinath and his elder stepbrother, Bharata. Two of the most recent works inspired by Bahubali's history are the movies Bahubali - The Beginning and Bahubali - The Conclusion.
The passage to the statue is immensely serene and will calm down jittery nerves in a moment. One can choose to climb the steps on the hill or take the road that leads to the shrine. Either way, the scenery and the architecture is sure to mesmerize you.
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