Bahubali, the son of the first of the twenty four Jain Tirthankaras, is worshiped for living with exceptional qualities that he displayed during all stages of his life from conception, birth, renunciation, enlightenment and salvation. This 57 feet tall statue is the most magnificent among all Jain works of art. It was built in circa 983. The Bahubali statue is described as one of the mightiest achievements of ancient Karnataka in the realm of sculptural art. The statue stands upright in the posture of meditation known as kayotsarga, reaching a height of nearly 57 feet atop the Vindhyagiri Hills - accessible through a flight of 500 steps. The image of Gommateshwara has curly hair ringlets and large ears. The eyes are open as if he is viewing the world with detachment. His facial features are perfectly chiselled with a faint touch of a smile at the corner of the lips that embody a calm inner peace and vitality. His shoulders are broad, the arms stretch straight down and the figure has no support from the thigh upwards.
There is an anthill in the background which signifies his incessant penance. From this anthill, emerge a snake and a creeper which twine around both the legs and arms culminating as a cluster of flowers and berries at the upper portion of the arms. The entire figure stands on an open lotus signifying the totality attained in installing this unique statue.On either side of Gommateshwara stands two tall and majestic chauri bearers in the service of the Lord. One of them is a yaksh and the other one is a yakshini. These richly ornamented and beautifully carved figures complement the main figure. Carved on the rear side of the anthill is also a trough for collecting water and other ritual ingredients used for the sacred bath of the image.
Nice anvil and hammers done by Deke Harms. His black work is killer!
Kailasa temple at Ellora! It's difficult to describe this incredible temple! This temple was not constructed by adding stone blocks, but an entire mountain was carved to create this temple.
This is the only place where a mountain was cut out from the top, to create a structure. In almost all the other temples and caves, the rock is cut from the front and carved as they went along.
The whole world has followed a rock cutting technique called “cut-in monolith” while Kailasa temple is the only one that has used the exact opposite technique called “cut-out monolith”. #india#travel#rockcut#rock#mountain#architecture#wonder#wanderlust#caves#monolith#kailasa#temple#shiva#incredibleindia
You need to be stronger than your fears. F the haters, all the people who never believed in you, that internal voice that says you can’t. YES YOU CAN! Love yourself enough to believe in yourself! Drown out that negative voice in your head. Build your own fire and keep it stoked!
It was a good workout today. 😊
“Obey.” This goes out to those of you who refuse to assimilate. Who question everything. Who see our corrupt government for what it truly is - a system for the elite to maintain power and control over our right to think and say and do what we want and what is in our hearts. To those who question everything. They will attempt to gain more and more control over us until we become emotionless automatons. But only if you let them. I know one thing to be true: there’s nothing that’s gonna take away my innate human right to explore the things I want to explore and do all the things that satisfy ME regardless of what anybody thinks. This is my life. I will obey myself. And nothing else. Thanks to people like @joerogan for inspiring me to pursue the real me. @psychedelicmatrix @psychedelic.paint @worldofartists @artistsoninstagram @thehatchcreates @plurvibez @artsnewss @pleasures #justmurderit#murderbasement#doyou#art#artdaily#create#artist#artistsoninstagram#obey#artwork#2001#plur#plurvibes#psychedelic#psychedelicart#kubrick#color#indianapolis#indyart#monolith#plur#plurvibes