Gomateshwara Statue at Karkala
The monolithic Gomateshwara statute of Bahubali at Karkala stands 42 ft. (13m) tall and is the second-tallest statue in the state of Karnataka. Bahubali is a much revered figure among Jains. The statue is a symbolic depiction of prolonged meditation and motionless contemplation -Kayotsagara (standing still posture)- endeavoured by Bahubali. He is said to have meditated for one year and after his year of meditation, Bahubali attained omniscience (Kevala Gyana). According to Jain texts, Bahubali attained liberation from the cycle of births and death (moksha) at Mount Kailash and is revered as a liberated soul (Siddha) by Jain’s.
Winter is the best season to visit Udupi- (Months of October to March) Festivities at Gomateshwara, Karkala. Annual Rathothsava in the month of February Mahamasthakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali held once in 12 years
Reaching Gomateshwara, Karkala:Route map