After climbing 614 steps up to the top of Vindhyagiri Hill, you will get to witness the breathtaking view of gigantic naked statue of Gomateshvara. A military commander had commissioned this towering statue in the service of the Ganga king Rachamalla. This simple and serene but amazingly carved statue was crafted by the sculptor Aristenemi out of a single piece of granite in AD 981. Bahubali, the son of emperor Vrishabhadeva, in order to succeed his father, got embroiled in fierce struggle with his brother Bharatha only to realise the futility of material gains after a lot of violence. It made him to renounce his kingdom. Later on, he became the first Jaintirthankar (revered teacher) Adinath. He lived as a recluse and meditated in complete isolation in the forest until he attained enlightenment. During his lengthy and intense meditative spell, he got ant hill developed at his feet and vines curling around his legs.
You have to leave your shoes at the foot of the hill however you can go ahead wearing socks. For a comfortable journey, you can hire a dholi (portable chair) with bearers. It will cost you Rs. 400 and will be available from 6.30am to 11.30pm and 3.30pm to 6pm. Millions of people reach here every 12 years to be a part of the Mastakabhisheka ceremony. It is the time when the statue is dowsed in holy waters, precious metals and stones, pastes and powders. You will get your next opportunity to attend the ceremony in 2018.