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Jain deity
Bahubali ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ
Other names Gommateshwara, Kammateshwara
Affiliation Jainism
Height 525 bows (17 metres)
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Born Ayodhya
Died Mount Kailash
Siblings Bharata chakravartin and 98 other brothers

Bahubali (English: One With Strong Arms), a much revered figure among Jains, was the son of Rishabhanatha (the first tirthankara of Jainism) and the younger brother of Bharata Chakravartin. He is said to have meditated motionless for a year in a standing posture (kayotsarga) and that during this time, climbing plants grew around his legs. After his a year of meditation, Bahubali is said to have attained omniscience (Kevala Gyana).

Bahubali's other names are Kammateswara, Gommateshwara because of the Gommateshwara statue dedicated to him. The statue was built by the Ganga dynasty minister and commander Chavundaraya; it is a 57-foot (17 m) monolith (statue carved from a single piece of rock) situated above a hill in Shravanabelagola in the Hassan district, Karnataka state, India. It was built circa 981 A.D. and is one of the largest free-standing statues in the world.

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