Inscriptions definitely state that the statue of Gommata was caused to be erected by Chamundaraya, the minister of the Ganga king Rajamalla Satyavakya or Rachamalla, whose reign began in 974 A.D. and ended about 984 A.D. since according to tradition the consecration took place during the reign of Rajamalla, the statue must have been erected between these two dates. But a Kannada work popularly known as ‘Chamundaraya Purana’ composed in 978 A.D. by Chamundaraya does not mention the erection of the statue in the long account it gives of the author’ achievements. It is therefore reasonable to conclude that the image was setup after 978 A.D. In the absence of more precise information the date of completion of the colossus may be taken as 983 A.D. The traditional date of the consecration of Gommata by Chamundaraya, given in several literary works however is Sunday, the fifth lunar day of the bright fortnight of Chaitra of the cyclic year Vibhava, corresponding to the year 600 of the Kali or Kalki era, which might correspond to 1028 A.D.