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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 and, in disgust at greed and jealousy renounced everything, stood motionless and meditated 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, about 600 steps away from the base at a small town called Shravanabelagola. You can’t 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 Hassan, the district headquarters, and about 145 kilometres from Bengaluru. It is connected by a rail route from Hassan and Bengaluru. The nearest domestic airport is at Mysuru, 84 kilometres away, and the international airport is at Bengaluru, about 165 kilometres away.

Nearby Places to See

 

Chandragiri
Many Jain basadis can be found on the hill of Chandragiri, which is directly across from Vindhyagiri Hill. The Bhadrabahu cave, where the great Indian emperor Chandragupta Maurya is buried, is located on this hill but is rarely mentioned.

Bhandara Basadi
This city is well-known for its statue of the 24 tirthankaras standing together. Sculptures like this are thought to be made in only a select few locations across the country, which makes it extremely rare.

Kambadahalli
About 19 kilometres from Shravanabelagola, in a village called Kambadahalli, is a 9th- or 10th-century Panchakuta basadi (the five sanctums). The exterior is unadorned save for a band of tiny sculptures running the length of the wall just above the footings. Idols of the tirthankaras are among the most impressive works of sculpture, and the door jambs and ceilings are both beautifully decorated.

 

Things to Buy

Things to buy include Bahubali statue, Jainism books.

Foods to Relish

Jain Thali, Vegetarian dishes, South Indian Thali, North Indian Thali.