Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Bāhubali on Ratnagiri Hill

Bāhubali, alternatively known as Gommaṭa or Gommaṭeśvara, is especially popular amongst Digambara Jainas, who erect colossal images of the naked ascetic at many of their pilgrimage sites, especially in the south of India. The images refer to a particular instance in which, after a dispute over the right to rule their father's kingdom, Bāhubali renounced his worldly life and entered deep mediations. The colossal image of Bāhubali at Dharmasthala was commissioned and installed between 1966 and 1982.

© Julia A.B. Hegewald
© Julia A.B. Hegewald
© Julia A.B. Hegewald

Candranātha Temple

The largely wooden Candranātha Temple at Dharmasthala was entirely demolished and completely rebuilt in white marble between 2000 and 2001. The main icon of this temple was temporarily housed in a small shrine adjacent to the building site.


Rebuilt Candranātha Temple seen from the southeast in 200 © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Stone masons working on site © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Image of Candranātha in the temporary shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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