Located around 145 km from Bangalore, Shravanabelagola is a historic town and an important Jain pilgrimage center located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. The word Shravanabelagola literally means ‘the white pond of Shravana’ as ‘Bela’ means white and ‘Gola’ means pond in the Kannada language. There is a beautiful pond in the town, from which it derived its name.
Shravanabelagola is famous for its collection of Jain temples. The prime attraction here is a 57 m tall monolithic sculpture of Lord Gomateswara called the Bahubali statue. Every 12 years, Mahamasthabhisheka of Lord Bahubali is performed as a part of Jain culture and this is one most auspicious events for the Jain followers. The last festival happened in 2018. Apart from being a Jain pilgrimage spot, this place is also good for sightseeing, photography, and exploration.
Explore & Experience in and around Shravanabelagola–
- Gomateshwara Temple
- Bahubali Statue
- Chamundaraya Basadi (Chandragiri Hill Temple)
- Odegal Basadi Temple
- Bhandara Basadi Temple
- Akkana Basadi Temple
- Odegala Basadi (Vindhyagiri Temple)
- Nuggehalli Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple