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Lord Gomateshwara (Bhaubali)  colossal monolithic nude statue at Shravanabelagola is among the wonders of the world. It is undoubtedly the most remarkable of the Jain statues and largest free standing statues in Asia. At Shravanabelagola it stands about 56 feet in height, with a width of 13 feet across the hips, and is cut out of a solid block of gneiss.
Lord  Bahubali was the younger son of the first Tirthankar, Rishabhdev. He was the king of  Podanpur. His elder  brother Bharat tried to attack Bahubali's kingdom. Their ministers negotiated and   agreed that  instead of war, there would be three  contests  between the brothers.  In all three contests (Drisht Yudha, Jal Yudha, and Wrestling) Bahubaliji  defeated his elder brother.
Lord Bahubali had been very much hurt by the behavior of his elder brother. He decided to surrender his kingdom to Bharat and left for the path of meditation. He did not want to bow before his other brothers who had already accepted ascetic life. This ego of Bahubaliji deterred him from visiting his father's court.   Hence he went on meditating but could not attain the Keval Jnana, the supreme knowledge.

Lord Bahubali had been very much hurt by the behavior of his elder brother. He decided to surrender his kingdom to Bharat and left for the path of meditation. He did not want to bow before his other brothers who had already accepted ascetic life. This ego of Bahubaliji deterred him from visiting his father's court.   Hence he went on meditating but could not attain the Keval Jnana, the supreme knowledge.
Lord Bahubali was so much involved in his Samadhi, that his body got covered by vines, ants, and dust.  Finally he was  woken up from  his ego when  his  sisters called him to release the false pride he was suffering from. Lord Bahubali got  enlightened and decided to see his father. His  sisters were Brahmi and Sundari. Bahubali was now a changed person with more knowledge and better understanding. He was welcomed in his father's court. The world got the benefit of his wisdom.
Baghwan Bahubali is a symbol of learning.  For thousands of years it has shown to the world the way of knowledge and austerity.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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