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Timings : 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : INR 200 per person. 

Parking : Yes

Constructed in : 1973

Wheelchair Accessible : No

Dress Code : Men: Have to take off their shirt
Women: Have to wear modest clothing

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Bahubali Statue, Dharmasthala Overview

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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Architecture of Bahubali Statue

The statue of Lord Bahubali was sculpted in 1973 under the guidance of Sri Ratnavarma Heggade by a renowned sculptor, Renjala Gopalkrishnan Shenoy. After the passing of Sri Ratnavarma Heggade, the complete statue was placed on top of the Ratnagiri Hill by Dr D Veerendra Heggade in February 1982. The sculpture was transported on a 64-wheel trolley to the location it is on now. The humungous statue of Lord Bahubali depicts the time when he stood motionless to meditate and achieve salvation. The carvings of creepers growing around his arms and legs and insects crawling over him when he stood there in peace illustrate the same. The expressions captured on the face also depict his desire to reflect and not letting anything disturb his focus. Whether it's the size of Lord Bahubali or the nakedness of his renunciation of the material world or his regal yet peaceful aura, the sculptor has captured it all and captured it beautifully to let the world know about the history of Bahubali.

Tips For Visiting Bahubali Statue

1. Visitors need to follow a dress code. Men need to remove their shirts and women need to wear non-revealing clothes.
2. If one wants to avoid long queues, they may avoid public holidays and visit during the early hours.
3. Wear hats and sunscreen and carry enough water to keep yourself hydrated.  
4. Consumption of alcohol and gutkha, pan etc. is banned on the premises.
5. Do not litter the premises.

How To Reach Bahubali Statue

One can commute by road from Kukke Subramanya which is a 60-kilometre smooth drive to Dharmasthala. Buses are also frequently available from Kukke Subramanya, an intricately carved temple in Subramanya.

Once at the base of the Ratnagiri Hill, one can choose if they want to climb up the stairs enjoying the view or take the road ahead till the statue.

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