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Top 10 Tallest Statues of Ancient India

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Apart from their religious and tourist allure, the ancient sculptures also mark the spiritual trust and ancient civilization of the country. The ancient India was an entire Hindu nation and still the Hindus are majorities. But you may regard, the most of tallest and ancient god statues of India are Jain or Buddhist god sculptures, which were constructed in between 5th to the 12th century. The most of these sculptures were constructed by the followers of the Jain religion mainly the rulers of Bhairava and Agila dynasty.

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These are the top ten tallest statues of ancient India.

Adinath Bhwanagaja pilgrim was developed in memory first Jain Tirthankar, the Lord Adinath. The Adinath bhawangaja pilgrim is located in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh in India.

This pilgrim was constructed in 12th century. That has the 26 meter (84 feet) tall, and is the largest statues of Jain Tirthankar. The other amazing statues, the four armed ‘Gomukh Yaksha’, is situated to the left side of Lord Adinath statue and & on 16 armed ‘Yakshi Chakreshvary’ is on the right side of Aadinath Bhawangaja are the excellent example of ancient stone carving.

Jain Tirthankar Lord Adinath Bawangaja Statue, Barwani

 

 

Constructed in

12th century.

Constructed By

Jain Devotees

Statue

Adinath Bawangaja

Shows

First Jain Tirthankar Adityanath

Located at place

Barwani, Madhya Pradesh

Height

26 m (84 ft)

The Ram Tirath Temple of Lord Hanuman is one of the most ancient Temples in India, the Lord Hanuman is known as an Avatar of Lord Vishnu and great devotee of Lord Rama.

The Ram Tirath temple was the resident of ancient Saint Valmiki, where Goddess Mata Sitaji came from Ayodhya after she proved her purity by giving agneepariksha. A hut as a mark of Saint Valmiki’s heritage is still maintained on campus of Temple. Ram Tirath Temple is the place where twin sons of Lord Sri Ram, Luv and Kush were born.

The religious importance of the Temple is, because the Lord Hanumanji dug a tank here for the benefit of Mata Sitaji and this tank is still maintained here. And to mark the Lord Hanuman, a huge monkey faced statue of Lord Hanuman is established.

The Statue of Lord Hanuman, Ram Tirath Temple

 

 

Constructed

Around 5000 years ago.

Constructed By

Sikkh Devotees

Statue

Ram Tirath Temple

Shows

Lord Hanuman

Located at place

Amritsar, Punjab

Height

24.5 metere (80 ft high)

The Karkala is a famous town in Karnataka state of India that includes the Jain pilgrims Varanga and Nallur. The Karkala town was the capital of Jain rulers, during Bhairava dynasty. Around 200 Jain temples are located in the district of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka District. The Karkala Jain Temple is famous for its 42 feet tall Statue of Bhagavan Shri. Bahubali Swami, which is situated on a hill top at Karkala Town.

The Lord Bahubali statue of Karkala, Udupi - Karnataka

 

 

Constructed in

11th Century

Constructed By

Jain rulers, during Bhairava dynasty

Statue/Temple

Lord Bahubali, Gomteshwar

Shows

Lord Bahubali

Located at place

Karkala (Udupi District, Karnataka )

Height

12.8 Meter (42 foot)

The Lord Neminatha was the twenty-second Jain Tirthankara, who lived 84,000 years before the 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanatha. The temple of Jain Tirthankara Neminatha was constructed around the 9th century and it was converted into 30 separate chambers in the 10th century. The contemporary temple was completed in the 11th century that has the tallest Jain Image. The Thirumalai Jain complex includes 3 Jain caves, 2 Jain temples and a 16 meter high sculpture of Tirthankara Neminatha.

The Tirthankara Neminath Statue of Thirumalai Jain Temple

 

 

Constructed at

Year 1130

Constructed By

Dravidians

Statue/Temple

Thirumalai Jain Temple

Shows

Tirthankara Neminatha

Located at place

Polur (Tamilnadu)

Height

16.0 meter (52.5 feet)

Venur or Venoor is a small town at the banks of the Phalguni river in Dakshina Kannada, in Karnataka state of India. Venoor was the base of Jainism and the capital of the Ajila Dynasty.
The Jain temple and the statue of Jain god Bahubali also known as Lord Gomateshwara, the statue of Lord Gomteshwara is the 35 feet high, north facing carved idol. The statue is founded on a preeminent podium without any support. The Ajila rulers built many implausible Jain Temples, the temple of Lord Bahubali is the most famous and among all seven Jain temples of Venur.

The Lord Gomateshwara statue of Venoor Jain Temple

 

Constructed at

16th century

Constructed By

Rulers of Ajila Dynasty

Statue/Temple

Venoor Jain Temple

Shows

Lord Gomateshwara

Located at place

Venoor (Karnataka)

Height

16.0 meter (52.5 feet)

The Jain Temple of Shri Shantinath Digambar is located on the Betwa River in Bhojpur town, in Madhya Pradesh State. The name of the city is taken by the legendary King Bhoj and is a religious place for Hindu and Jain devotees. The huge temple of Hindus god Lord Shiva, was constructed by King Bhoj. And the Jain Temple of Bhojpur is the most religious pilgrim for Jain devotees. The 22.5 foot high statue of Lord Shantinath of Jian Temple is the largest sculpture of the Madhya Pradesh state of India.

The Vindhyagiri Jain Temple is constructed to mark the Lord Gomteshwara the second son of first Jain Tirthankar. The name Vindhyagiri is taken from the combination of “Vim” and “Adhya”, Means Spirit and meditation. This Temple was devoted for meditation and spirituality. It has a 20 feet tall statue of Lord Gomateshwara, which is positioned between two Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri Hill.

Lord Gomateshwara statue of Jain Temple on Vindhyagiri Hill

 

Constructed at

10th Century

Constructed By

Jain Devotees

Statue/Temple

Vindhyagiri Shravanabelagola Jain Temple

Shows

Lord Bahubali

Located at place

Shravanabelagola (Hassan district, Karnataka)

Height

6.0 meter (20 feet)

The Saint Parshwanath was the 23rd Tirthankara of Jain religion, and the Jain temple of Patan district, Gujarat, constructed to mark The Tirthankar Parshwanath is known as Bhasadi Jain Temple. The word Bhasadi is basically used for Jain Shrine in Indian states of Gujrat, Maharashtra and mainly in south India, which is being broken version of the Sanskrit word Vasati. The Shankheshwar Jain Temple is located in the center of in Shankheshwar town of Patan district of Gujarat state. The temple was constructed before 1000 years and has a 5.5 meter high statue of Lord Parshwanath.

The Lord Parshwanath statue of Basadi Jain Temple

 

 

Constructed at

10th Century

Constructed By

Jain Devotees

Statue/Temple

Bhasadi Jain Temple, Patan

Shows

Lord Parshwanath

Located at place

Patan, Gujarat

Height

5.5.0 meter (18 feet)

The Anjaniyar Temple of Tamilnadu is an ancient temple of Hindus God Hanuman. It’s a unique temple of its own kind, which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and associated with the Narsimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Also the Hindus believe that the temple was constructed to mark the Avatar of Lord Vishnu for goddess Laxmi and Lord Hanuman. It has the tallest image of Lord Hanuman of 5.5 high.

The Lord Hanuman Temple of Namakkal

 

Constructed at

5th Century

Constructed By

Dravidian Kings

Statue/Temple

AnjaneyarTemple

Shows

Lord Hanuman

Located at place

Namakkal, Tamilnadu

Height

5.5.0 meter (18 feet)

The Naugaza Digambar Jain temple is an ancient Jain Temple dedicated to 23rd Jain Tirthankar Lord Parshwanath, located in Alwar District of Rajasthan. The Naugaza Digambar Jain temple is located beside the ancient Neelkanth temple of Lord Shiva. The 5.5 meter tall statue of Lord Parshwanth is the tallest statue of Rajasthan.

Naugaza Digambar Jain Temple of Alwar Rajasthan

 

 

Constructed at

10th century

Constructed By

Jain Devotees

Statue/Temple

Naugaza Digambar Jain temple

Shows

Lord Parshwanath

Located at place

Alwar, Rajasthan

Height

5.5 meter (18 feet)

The top ten biggest statues of ancient India

StatuesHeightAge of SculptureLocation in India

 

 

 

 

Adinath Bawangaja

26 m (84 ft)

916 Years Old

Barwani, Madhya Pradesh

 

 

 

 

Hanuman of Ram Tirath temple

24.5 m (80 ft)

5000+ years Old

Amritsar, Punjab

 

 

 

 

Karkala statue (Bahubali)

12.8 (42 ft)

585 years old

Udupi district (Karnataka)

 

 

 

 

Tirumulai Neminath Statue

16.0 (52.5)

916 Years Old

Polur (Tamilnadu)

 

 

 

 

Venur (Bahubali)

10.7 (35 ft)

415 years old

Dakshina Kannada (karnataka)

 

 

 

 

Gommatagiri (Bahubali)

6 (20 ft)

916 Years Old

Mysore District

 

 

 

 

Statue of Shantinath at Bhojpur Jain Temple

6 (20 ft)

916 Years Old

Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh

 

 

 

 

Parshvanatha basadi statue

5.5 18

1000+ Years Old

Sravanabelagola Karnataka

 

 

 

 

Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple

5.5 18

1500 years old

Namakkal Tamil Nadu

 

 

 

 

Neelkanth Temple

5.33 (17.5 ft)

1000+ Years Old

Rajasthan (Alwar)

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Comments

Shaloo Walia from India on December 26, 2018:

Interesting hub! Most of the tallest statues belong to Jain Tirthankars. Amazing!

Arai (author) from India on September 24, 2018:

Thanks Dear Alexander

Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on March 13, 2018:

Just incredible!

Arai (author) from India on March 05, 2017:

Thanks srsddn!

Sukhdev Shukla from Dehra Dun, India on March 04, 2017:

Artravel, it is interesting to know about statues of ancient India. The detailed descriptions along with pictures have made this Hub quite informative. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

Arai (author) from India on December 06, 2016:

Thanks MsDora!

Thought of sharing these details, because many of locals also don't know about some of these statues and ancient temples.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 05, 2016:

Thanks for the view through facts and pictures of these ancient statues. To see anything from 5000 years ago is mind boggling.

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