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Top 10 Tallest Statues of Ancient India

Updated on December 3, 2016

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.

1. Adinath Bawangaja

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Adinath BawangajaAdinath Bawangaja Temple
Adinath Bawangaja
Adinath Bawangaja | Source
Adinath Bawangaja Temple
Adinath Bawangaja Temple | Source

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)

2. The statue of Lord Hanuman of Ram Tirath Temple

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Hanuman of Ram Tirath temple
Hanuman of Ram Tirath temple | Source
Ram Tirath Temple of Lord Hanuman
Ram Tirath Temple of Lord Hanuman | Source
Ram Tirath Temple of Lord Hanuman
Ram Tirath Temple of Lord Hanuman | Source

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)

3. Lord Bahubali statue - Karkala

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Lord Bahubali statue - Karkala
Lord Bahubali statue - Karkala | Source
Lord Bahubali statue - Karkala
Lord Bahubali statue - Karkala | Source
Lord Bahubali statue - Karkala
Lord Bahubali statue - Karkala | Source

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)

4. Thirumalai Neminath Statue

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The Tirthankar Neminath Statue of Thirumalai Jain Temple
The Tirthankar Neminath Statue of Thirumalai Jain Temple
Thirumalai Temple -Tamilnadu
Thirumalai Temple -Tamilnadu | Source
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Thirumalai Jain Temple
Thirumalai Jain Temple | Source

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)

5. Lord Bahubali Statue of Venoor Jain Temple

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Bahubali Statue - Venur
Bahubali Statue - Venur
Venure Jain Temple
Venure Jain Temple | Source
Bahubali Statue - Venur
Bahubali Statue - Venur | Source

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)

6. Shantinath Statue of Bhojpur Jain Temple

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Bhojpur TempleBanediyaji Lord Shantinath, Lord Parshvanath & Lord SuparshvanathBhojpur Temple
Bhojpur Temple
Bhojpur Temple
Banediyaji Lord Shantinath, Lord Parshvanath & Lord Suparshvanath
Banediyaji Lord Shantinath, Lord Parshvanath & Lord Suparshvanath | Source
Bhojpur Temple
Bhojpur Temple | Source

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.

7. Vindhyagiri Shravanabelagola Gommateshvara Bahubali

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Lord Gomateshwara statue of Jain Temple on Vindhyagiri Hill
Lord Gomateshwara statue of Jain Temple on Vindhyagiri Hill | Source
Jain Temple at The Vindhyagiri Hill
Jain Temple at The Vindhyagiri Hill | Source
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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)

8. Parshwanatha Basadi statue

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Swami Parswanath
Swami Parswanath | Source
Parshwanath Basadi
Parshwanath Basadi
Parshwanath Basadi
Parshwanath Basadi | Source
Parshwanath Basadi
Parshwanath Basadi

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)

9. Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple

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Lord Hanuman Statue, Anjaneyar Temple
Lord Hanuman Statue, Anjaneyar Temple | Source
Anjaneyar Temple
Anjaneyar Temple | Source
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Anjaneyar Temple
Anjaneyar Temple | Source

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)

10. The Tirthankar Parshwanath Statue of Naugaja Jain Temple of Alwar

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Naugaza Digambar Jain
Naugaza Digambar Jain
Naugaza Digambar Jain | Source

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

Statues
Height
Age of Sculpture
Location 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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      Alexander James Guckenberger 3 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Just incredible!

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      Travel Share 15 months ago from INDIA

      Thanks srsddn!

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      srsddn 15 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

      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.

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      Travel Share 18 months ago from INDIA

      Thanks MsDora!

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

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      Dora Weithers 18 months ago from The Caribbean

      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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