View of Karkala with statue of Gommatesvara. May 1806
Artist: Ward, Benjamin Swain (1786-1835), attributed to
Water-colour of Karkala, with the statue of Gommatesvara, attributed to Benjamin Swain Ward, dated May 1806. Inscribed on front in ink: 'View of the Rock of Carcull & the first appearance of the Gigantic Statue of Gomut-Iswar on its summit. May 1806.'
The religious centre of Karkala, situated 15 kilometres north of Mudabidri, is famous for the 45 feet tall monolithic statue of the Jain tirthankara Gomateshvara situated on the top of a granite rock. The statue was erected by a Jain king in 1432 in memory
of Bhubali, the first Tirthankara who renounced the world and become an ascetic. Opposite the statue there is a Jain temple of granite known as 'Chaturmukha basadi' and a carved pillar or Manastambha almost 50 feet high. There are five statues of Gomateshwara in Karnataka, the most famous of which stands at Shravana Belgola, where it was installed in 981 A.D.