The monolithic stone sculpture of Lord Bahubali symbolizes renunciation, self control and subjugation of the ego as the first step towards salvation. The digambara form of Bahubali represents complete victory over earthly desires and needs, which forms the edifice for spiritual ascent towards divinity.
A gigantic monolithic statue of Bhagwan Bahubali measuring 39 feet was erected in Dharmasthala by Dr. Veerendra Heggade in the year 1982, for which act he was given the title Abhinava Chavundaraya. It was the dream of his parents, Sri D. Rathnavarma Heggade and Shrimati Ratnamma. The works of carving the statue started in 1966 under the guidance of his father. But it was completed by Sri D. Veerendra Heggade due to the demise of his father, Sri Ratnavarma Heggade. Mahamasthabhisheka ceremonies of the Bahubali were held in 1982, 1995 and 2007.
Victory of Human Efforts
The transportation of the gigantic monolithic statue, 39ft. high, with a pedestal of 13 feet weighing about 170 tonnes, from Karkala to Dharmasthala was a tremendous challenge. A distance of 64 kilometers was covered with great public enthusiasm and participation, on a trolley with 64 Wheels, driven by 3 tractors of 250 HP over treacherously winding roads in 1970.