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Bahubali Monolithic Statue, Karnataka

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Feel the powerful presence of a prince who decided to leave all the earthly possessions of royal life, renounced everything disgusted with the prevalent greed and jealousy, and meditated standing motionless for a year mindless of creeps encircling his hands and legs, shrubs growing on him, creatures crawling on him and ants living and feeding on him. The pure soul is replicated in the form of a statue measuring 57 feet, the tallest monolithic statue in the world! A revered place for people following the Jain faith, the crafty statue was built during the 10th century on the hilltop named Vindhyagiri, rising about 600 steps high into the sky at a small town called Shravanabelagola. You would not help but marvel at the very thought of commissioning such an artistic statue. Bahubali, also known as Gomateshwara, engulfs your mind even after you leave his abode and inspires you to follow the path of righteousness. September to January is the best time to visit Shravanabelagola. It is approximately 50 kilometres away from Hasana (Hassan), the district headquarters, and about 145 kilometres from Bengaluru. It is connected by a rail route from Hasana and Bengaluru. The nearest domestic airport is at Mysuru, 84 kilometres away and the international airport is at Bengaluru, about 165 kilometres away.
Bahubali Monolithic Statue

Nearby Places to See

This village about 19 kilometres away from Shravanabelagola, has a Panchakuta Basadi (five sanctums) belonging to the 9th or the 10th century. The outer walls are plain except for a narrow stretch of miniature sculptures running across the length just above the foundation. The door jambs are artistically carved, ceilings have attractive designs and the idols of the teerthankaras are impressively sculpted.
Bhandara Basadi
Located in the city, this Basadi is famous for the depiction of all the 24 teerthankaras on a single pedestal. This is rarely seen and believed to be sculpted at only a few places in the country.
Located opposite Vindhyagiri hill, it is home to many Jain Basadis. The lesser-known fact about this hill is, it is also home to the Bhadrabahu cave, the final resting place of one of the greatest emperors of India, Chandragupta Maurya.
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