Bahubali was the son of Rishabhanatha, the first of the 24 Tirthankaras in Jainism and is also known as Gommatesha. The Gommateshwara statue is dedicated to him. From a 9th century Sanskrit poem, Adi Purana, written by Digambara monk Jinasena, the story of Bahubali is deciphered. Bahubali was born of the Ishvaku Dynasty in Ayodhya. He challenged the ‘chakravartin’ supremacy of his elder brother Bharat who had won over submission of rulers from the six divisions of the earth as well as 98 of his brothers. Bahubali won the three contests of the challenge against Bharat but was disgusted by all the violence that being a king entails. He subsequently abandoned his kingdom, family and other worldly attachments to become a Digambara monk. He meditated for one year in the kayotsarga posture to attain omniscience or ‘Gyana’ and became the first human of this kalpa (world age) to gain liberation (siddha).