Travel: Shravanabelagola – India

Shravanabelagola is a town located in Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The statue of Gommaṭteshwara Bahubali dated 978-993AD is one of the highlights of this location. The great Chandragupta Maurya the founder of the Maurya Empire in ancient India is said to have died here in 298 BCE after he became a Jain monk. The sacred places are spread over two hills, Chandragiri and Vindyagiri. The 58-feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshwara is located on Vindyagiri Hill. It is considered to be the world’s largest monolithic statue. The statue is referred to as Gommateshwara in Karnataka, but the Jains refer to the same as “Bahubali”.

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The 58-feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshwara.

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Be aware you need to climb 700 steps one way!

Very hectic climb of 700 steps one way! Make sure you take this mission as early as possible and not at noon. Also be aware you are doing this hike barefooted. I recommend you do not choose summer time for this activity. Take plenty of water and a snack bars before you start.

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There are lots of art effects like this all over. Perfect for photo-shoots.
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Odegal Basadi

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World’s largest monolithic statue!

Now important question… Why nude?

Jain have two specific bifurcations namely “Swetambar”(One who wears white cloths) and “Digambar”(One does not wear anything). Digambar’s faith does not attach them to any worldly luxuries, this is the requirement to achieve nirvana. They must give up everything worldly, except the basic food.

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Fun time for kids!
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You can actually see the blessing from heavens!
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Steps… steps and steps everywhere!
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View of Chandragiri from Vindhyagiri

 

Finally a question… is it worth the climb? hmmm… if you ask me …yes I am ready to climb again! But …elders and people with any medical condition avoid it. Don’t take very young children as you have to carry extra weight. MUST take camera! Umbrella also recommended.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Rekha says:

    Brought back memories 😊 I visited it once. Climbing the stairs was not a problem until it started raining. It was a bit slippery after that. Then, when we reached the top, we could see a rainbow 😊😊

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    1. Raj says:

      True … weather is the important factor here…but its worth the effort… Next time I am gonna visit the other hill Chandragiri.

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  2. hati03nisa says:

    I have to move to India! I just can’t get enough

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    1. Raj says:

      Welcome.. to India…. I will give you itinerary 😀

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      1. hati03nisa says:

        Haha😊😊😊

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  3. DreamTemples says:

    I have visited once a long time ago. So nice to see it all again in the awesome pictures..

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you for you comment and likes! 🙂

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  4. Breathtaking shots. I loved them all. Climbing barefoot can be quite challenging but worth of course 😊

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    1. Raj says:

      True, as long as timing is good I think its not a matter. I just wonder how it would be during heavy rains? That would be an amazing experience for sure ! Thank you Pooja.

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  5. I so want to go now 😍 looks amazing I have to plan my next trip there!

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    1. Raj says:

      Glad you liked it.. Please plan.. let me know if you need more information… 🙂

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      1. I will thank you for sharing so an amazing place, I love culture and history 😊

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      2. Raj says:

        Yes India has very diversified culture, that’s what makes it special. But unfortunately in India tourist activity is not promoted properly.

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      3. 😶 that’s sad how people promote things sometimes, believe me I know what you mean it happen the same with other countries.

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  6. Saumya says:

    One of the best trips i did a few years ago. I covered this under a day trip from Bangalore

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    1. Raj says:

      Oh nice, yes it can be done on a day trip from Bangalore very comfortably.

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  7. Wow, great to discover these new places. Fantastic photos Raj. 😊
    https://amindfultravellerblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you buddy for the appreciation.. 🙂

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