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Śri Bāhubali Gommateśwara

The son of Ṛṣbhanātha, the first Tīthankara of Jainism, Bāhubali (the mighty armed one) is believed to have become digambara (sky clad) Jain ascetic performed meditation in the Kāyotsarga posture (disregarding the body) for a full year and attained kevala jñāna (omniscience). A great statue dedicated to this revered siddha of Jainism stands atop the Śravaṇa Beḷagoḷā hill near Mysore. This 57 foot monolith was built circa 983 CE by Cāvuṅḍarāya the Jain minister of the Eastern Gañgā Dynasty.

Digambara monk at Shantinath temple in Khajuraho. Digambara, Sanskrit, is a combination of two words: dig (directions) & ambara (clothes), referring to those whose garments are of the element that fills the four quarters of space. Digambara monks do not wear any clothes. The monks carry picchi, a broom made up of fallen peacock feathers for clearing the place before walking or sitting, kamandalu (a water gourd) and shastra (scripture). [source: wikipedia]
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Southeast of Khajuraho village, the road ends in front of the complex of Jain temples. The main temples are Parshvanath Temple & Adinath temple.

(at Khajuraho Temple)

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Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina venerated by a monk and a royal devotee
Artist Unknown, India, Sirohi School
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
18th century

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