Naked Religion

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I am intrigued by this monolith because in temples one cannot see the deity naked. The alangaram (dressing of deity) is done behind closed curtains. This monolith in Shravanabelagola is breathtaking and showed me another aspect of religion. Gommateshvara: The monolithic (monolith means carved from a single stone) statue of Bahubali referred to as "Gommateshvara" is 57 feet tall. It is situated on a hill in Shravanabelagola (Karnataka). It was built in the 10th century AD. Thousands of pilgrims, devotees and tourists from all over the world flock to the statue once in 12 years for an event known as Mahamastakabhisheka.

I am intrigued by this monolith because in temples one cannot see the deity naked. The dressing of deity is usually done behind closed curtains. This monolith in Shravanabelagola is breathtaking and showed me another aspect of religion. The monolithic (monolith means carved from a single stone) statue of Bahubali referred to as “Gommateshvara” is 57 feet tall. It is situated on a hill in Shravanabelagola (Karnataka). It was built in the 10th century AD. Thousands of pilgrims, devotees and tourists from all over the world flock to the statue once in 12 years for an event known as Mahamastakabhisheka.

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