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, Karnataka

(Shravanabelagola is also spelled as Sravana Belagola / Sravanbelagola / Sravanabelagola / Shravanabelagola / Shravana Belgola)
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State: Karnataka
District: Hassan
Famous for/as: Pilgrim, Temples
Languages: Kannada, Hindi
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 23 to 37°C, Winter 17 to 30°C
Altitude: 330 m
Pincode: 573135
STD code: 08176
Shravanabelagola, a renowned Jain pilgrimage center, is revered as a holy place. It is located in the Hassan District of Karnataka state. There is a beautiful in the heart of the town. The name Sravanabelagola is derived from this. In Kannada, belagola means white pond. There are two picturesque hills in this town, namely Chandragiri (Chikkabetta) and Vindyagiri. It is believed that Bhadrabahu Swami and his disciple King Chandragupta Maurya meditated in these hills.

The prime attraction in this place is the Bahubali statue, world's tallest monolithic statue of the Jain Saint Lord Gomateswara. This 17 m ( 57 ft) tall statue is the real specimen of architectural and sculptural mastery under famous Gangas of Talakad. It has many religious inscriptions carved on the outer surface.

Mahamastakabhisheka is an astounding celebration here. It is celebrated once in 12 years. The last Mahamastabhisheka was celebrated with pomp and show in February 2006. The next ceremony will occur in 2018. Thousands of devotees from all over the world and from all religious faith witness the celebrations. This festival has been celebrated since 981. The saints use 1008 consecrated pots of water together with plenty of quantities of milk, milk products, sandal and saffron pastes, honey and ghee for bathing the Bahubali statue.

There are many tourist attractions in and around Sravanabelagola. Bhandari Basti, Chandragupta Basti and Chandragiri Hills are few of the attractions. The 57 feet wonder, the monolithic statue of the Gomateshwara, is situated at the scenic land on the Vindyagiri. The base of the statue has many inscriptions praising the Ganga king and his general Chamundaraya.

Chandragupta Basadi, a Jain temple dedicated to Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, was believed to be built by Emperor Ashoka during 3rd century BC. Chandragiri hills houses monuments to numerous monks and shravakas. Legends tell that these monks meditated at this hill.
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Karnataka - The Land of Many Hues

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 01, 2011
Karnataka is one of the most popular tourist destination in India. Be it heritage, culture, monuments, wildlife ro natural attractions, Karnataka is replete with all!


Sravanabelagola in Karnataka is a holy destination wherein Jains from all over the world come to pay their homage. History has it that the Bhadrabahu Swami, the last shruta-kevali had meditated at the two hills of Chandragiri and Vindyagiri. His pupil, Chandragupta Mauray, the founder of the Mauryan dynasty is also believed to have meditated here.

The city was also the seat of King Asoka, who built the Chandragupta Basandi, dedicated to Chandragupta Maurya in the 3rd century. Various memorials dedicated to the monks and Shravaks can also be found here.

The 57 feet tall monolithic statue of Bhagwan Gomateshwara Bahubali, for which Sravanabelagola is so famous for, was built by the Chmaundaraya the general of king Gangaraya.

Travel within city

Sravanabelagola is a city located in the state of Karnataka. It is around 150 km from the city of Bangalore. Sravanabelagola is known for its various pilgrimage centers and many Jain pilgrimage centers surround the area. The nearest airport is at Mysore and there are many cab services from Mysore to Sravanabelagola. For those interested in a day trip from Mysore or Bangalore cabs are the best options. The roads from Mysore to Sravanabelagola are in excellent condition and the cabs are relatively cheap.


Hiring a cab from Mysore or Bangalore is the best option as there are many sites in the city of Sravanabelagola that a traveler can visit. Cabs are the easiest way to travel around the city and the traveler can opt for this. Cab operators in Mysore charge per km or per day depending the operators and vehicles. They charge around INR 1500 per day for A/C cabs from Mysore and INR 2500 from Bangalore. Some of the cab operators are,

Geo Rental Cabs, Phone No-080 25631988
Suhalaya Travels, Phone No-080 65683577
City Cabs, Phone No- 080 22238736

Auto Rickshaw

There may be local autos which are an easy way to get around. It is advisable to have a cab at the traveler’s disposal as local travel options may not be advisable. There are no separate night fares for auto rickshaws.


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