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”.
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.
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.
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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