Due to some rivalry between the northern and southern Bhattarakas of this area at the beginning of the seventeenth century, a third Bahubali of colossal size came to be erected at Venur, a then and still small village twenty-five kilometres east of Moodabidri.
According to inscriptions, the ten and a half metre high statue was consecrated in March 1604. By that time Indian sculptural art had lost much of its vigour and grandeur.
Still, the Bahubali of Venur has the distinction of having dimpled cheeks and a hooked nose, facial marks which are not unknown among the inhabitants of this region.
Close to the low hill with the tall statue on the top there is a temple dedicated to Shantinatha. – Not all the buses that take the route through Venur stop at this sacred site; however, if requested the drivers will oblige with a halt.