(Last Updated on : 08-07-2019)
Bahubali Statue is a monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali in Kayotsarga posture that was installed in 1963. The statue is situated on about 50 steps up and 8.5 m (28 feet) in height at Khumboj in Kolhapur
. The Bahubali Statue at Khumboj is identical to the Bahubali of Shravanabelagola
known as Gomateshwar to the south in Karnataka
. The mammoth idol of Lord Bahubali, in standing posture is installed close to the feet of the hill and can be seen at a distance from the hill. This is a famous Jain pilgrimage centre
and believed to be an Atishaya Kshetra, a place of miracles.
Legends of Bahubali Statue
According to mythology, an ascetic saint Shri Bahubali Maharaj lived here almost 250 years ago. He was a renowned scholar and a mystic. It is said that due to his spiritual presence no wild animals
attacked the pilgrims visiting the temple site. The site has been named as Khumboj Bahubali in memory of this great saint. After the death of the saint Bahubali, many great spiritual Jain Munis have visited the place making this temple site more blessed for the devout followers of Jainism
Mahamastakabhishekam of Bahubali Statue
happens in every 12 years. This pious event runs for continuous 7 days with witnessing thousands of pilgrims across the country.
The Bahubali Statue of Khumboj is very well maintained under and run by Digambar Jain
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