Bahubali Statue, Dharmasthala

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Bahubali Statue is the 'must visit' attractions of Dharmasthala, which is situated on top of the Ratnagiri Hill. This statue is approximately 39 feet tall that was sculpted by Renjana Gopal Krishna Shenoi in 1973. In February 1982, the statue was placed inside the temple by Veerendra Heggade.

This statue is revered by Jains as a symbol of sacrifice and selflessness. According to the popular folklore, Bahubali and Bharatha (elder brother), were prince who decided to fight each other in order to gain the supremacy.

After winning the battle, Bahubali spared the life of his brother. It was during this time that he realised the worthlessness of war and killing. After this, he decided to leave his kingdom on shoulders of Bharatha and thereafter joined the Digambara Jain sect. Following the path of atonement, Bahubali chose to stand unclothed until he attains the enlightenment.

In order to reach this site, tourists have to climb steps of the Ratnagiri Hill for around 20 minutes. Travellers are advised to visit the site during morning to avoid humidity later on. Shelter and drinking water are present for tourists on top of the hill. Travellers planning to visit the site can explore the statue from 8 am to 10 am and 6 pm to 7 pm.

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