Bahubali (Vahuvali or Bhujavali) also known as Gommatesvara was the younger son of the first Tirthankar,
was the king of Podanpur. On his renunciation of the material
world, the King gave his elder son, Bharatha, Ayodhya to rule and to
Bahubali, he gave Poudanapura. Soon, armed with a ‘Chakra’,
Bharata set out to conquer different kingdoms and obtain the status
of a ‘Chakravarthi’. After achieving total sovereignty, he
returned to Ayodhya but the ‘Chakra’ could not enter the city,
indicating that there was still a kingdom to be won, Bahubali’s
Poudanapura. Bahubali refused to accept the supremacy of Bharatha.
to attack Bahubali's kingdom. Their ministers negotiated and
agreed that instead of war, there would be three
contests between the brothers. In all three contests (Drisht Yudha, Jal Yudha, and Wrestling) Bahubaliji defeated
his elder brother.
Bahubali had been very much hurt by the behavior of his elder
brother. He decided to surrender his kingdom to Bharat and left for
the path of meditation. He did not want to bow before his other
brothers who had already accepted ascetic life. This ego of
Bahubaliji deterred him from visiting his father's court.
Hence he went on meditating but could not attain the Keval Jnana,
the supreme knowledge.