Bharatha was now very
perplexed that despite such severe tapas, Bahubali did not receive enlightenment. He went
to his father Vrishabhanatha and asked him why it was so.
Vrishabhahatha said, "True it is that Bahubali ' has been performing the most
exacting type of tapas. But he has not given up his self-love. He still has this thought -
that he is standing on ground, which belongs to his brother, because he gave the entire
kingdom to you, his elder brother. This sorrow haunts him. If he does not give up this
pride, how can he get enlightenment?"
Bharatha then went to Bahubali. He prostrated before him and said, "Dear brother,
give up this feeling that you are in my kingdom. Such a thought, too, is a kind of
attachment. This kingdom is not mined. It is what you, the victor, gave back to me
liberally. In a way this earth does not belong to anybody; it is nobody's property. Please
renounce this thought of prestige, and continue the tapas."
Then, even the little thought of self in Bahubali's mind disappeared.
Once, earlier, the younger brother had destroyed the pride in the elder brother's mind.
Now the elder cleansed the mind of the younger.
Bahubali continued his meditation without this thought of self. Then he got
enlightenment. There was the glad sound of celestial drums. The people all praised
Bahubali's greatness. They worshipped him with devotion. Listening to his teachings, they
Bahubali went to many lands and taught people the way of righteousness. He showed them
the way to lead meaningful lives. Finally, this ideal man attained salvation earlier than
Bahubali, who was very valiant and full of self-love, could have himself become the
emperor, having crushed his elder brother's pride. But he returned the kingdom to his
brother. And he found out the true path for himself. He became a splendid soul, attaining
salvation. He illumined the darkness in the minds of men with the light of his knowledge.
He became a great saint praised by the whole world.
Emperor Bharatha wished that such a brother's fame should last for all time; he had a
statue of Bahubali made of emerald in Paudanapura. It was worshipped with great grandeur.
It is said that the statue has sunk in the sea. There are statues of Bahubali now at
Shravanabelagola,Venooru, Karkala, Shravanagudda, Bastihalli and Dharmasthala. The tallest
and the most important is the magnificent statue at Shravanabelagola.The story of the
installation of this image is interesting.