Famous for its Bahubali Statue and believed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world, Shravanbelagola stands unique for it's excellence. It features a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite with much perfection. The Gomateswara temple is built on top of a hill at an altitude of 3347 feet, called as Vindhyagiri hill (also known as Doddabetta or Indragiri). Lord Gomateshwara (Lord Bahubali) was son of the first Jain tirthankara named Lord Adinatha.
The statue was carved during the period of Chamundaraya, a minister of the Ganga King Rajamalla between 982 and 983 CE. The town of Shravanabelagola is famous with several Jain temples and historical sites.
Shravanabelagola is famous for two hills called Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri where most of the monuments are located. These two hills are spread on both sides of Temple Pond. There are several historical basadis within the town as well. The main temple of Gomateswara is located on Vindhyagiri hill along with Odegal Basadi, Tyagada Kamba, Siddhara Basadi, Chennanna Basadi, Akhanda Bagilu, etc. Chandragiri is home for about 14 shrines among which Chamundaraya Basadi, Chandragupta Basadi, Chandraprabha Basadi, Kattale Basadi and Parshwanatha Basadi are important.
Timings to visit & other facilities:
It usually takes one full day to visit all the historical monuments in Shravanabelagola. For those who can't trek the hill, Dolis are available at the entrance of the temple that charge about Rs. 800 including return. Once in 12 years, Shravanabelagola celebrates the Mahamastakabhisheka festival which attracts thousands of devotees and tourists from all over the world.
Accomodation Facilities: Accommodation is available in Shravanabelagola with few private lodges and Yatri Nivas. Shravanabelagola is well connected by bus from Bangalore, Mysore & Hassan.
Website - http://shravanabelagola.net
Address: 11 km to the south-east of Channarayapatna. Hassan - Karnataka
How to Reach:
- By Air: . Nearest Airport: Bangalore - Bengaluru International Airport (165 Kms)
- By Train: Nearest Train Station: Hassan Railway Station (50 Kms)
- Bangalore City Railway Station (140 Kms)
- By Road: Nearest Bus Station: Sravanbelagola (0 Kms) Bangalore-140km, Hassan-50km, Mysore-83km.
Top attractions near the temple:
Gomateshwara Temple/Bahubali Statue: At a distance of 1 km from Shravanabelagola Bus Station, Bahubali Gomateshwara Temple is very famous for the Bahubali Statue which is the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world with a height of 58 feet. The temple is built on top of a Vindhyagiri Hill at an altitude of 3347 feet. A flight of 620 steps provide access to this temple from the entrance near the pond. Gomateshwara Temple is among the prime places to visit in Shravanabelagola.
Chamundaraya Basadi - Chandragiri: At a distance of 0.5 km from Shravanabelagola Bus Station & 1.5 km from Bahubali Gomateshwara Temple, Chamundaraya Basadi located on Chandragiri Hill is a wonderful structure dedicated to Lord Neminatha built in Jaina architecture of Dravidian style. It was built by Chamundaraya, the minister of Ganga king Marasimha II in 982 AD. The construction of this basadi was completed in 995 AD. It is one of the prime places to visit in Shravanabelagola, the holy site of Jain pilgrimage.
Odeogal Basadi/Trikutachala: At a distance of 1 km from Shravanabelagola Bus Station, Odegal Basadi also known as Vadegal Basti or Trikuta Alaya is a wonderful 14th century basadi situated on Vindhyagiri hill on the way to Bahubali Gomateshwara Temple. The Odegal Basadi is named so because of the stone proportions placed against its basement. It is the only trikutachala in Shravanbelagola.
Bhandara Basadi: At a distance of 700m from Shravanabelagola Bus Station, Bhandara Basadi is the largest temple built in the center of Shravanbelagola town at a distance of about 300m from the entrance of the Vindhyagiri hill which houses the famous Bahubali Gomateshwara Temple. It is one of the popular sacred places to visit in Shravanabelagola.