It is considered to be the most famous religious as well as tourist spot in Karnataka. It houses Asia’s tallest monolithic statue measuring 17.38 metres high – the statue of Gommateshwara. It a prime Jain pilgrimage destination.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest International Airport is Bengaluru International Airport, roughly four and a half hour drive from Shravanabelagola. It is well connected to a spectrum of cities like Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Kozhikode through Indigo, Go Air, Air India and Spice Jet etc.
Shravanabelagola is 18 Kms from Hirisave, 51 Kms from Hassan, 80 Kms from Halebidu, 83 Kms from Mysore, 89 Kms from Belur, 157 Kms from Bangalore and 221 Kms from Mangalore through Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and some private travel services.
Shravanabelagola has its own Railway Station named as Shravanabelagola Railway Station. It is well connected to all the major cities of Karnataka and other cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Pune, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Nasik, Shimla, Thane, Nagpur and Aurangabad.
WHAT TO SEE
Channarayapatna town is located at a distance of about 14 km from Sravanabelagola. The town is situated on the Mangalore-Bangalore National Highway 48. It is believed that the town was named after the chieftain, Channigaraya. The Chennakesava temple, Kote Ganapati Devasthana and Chandramouleshwara temple are some of the popular attractions nearby.
Vindhyagiri temple, also known as Odegala Basadi, is situated at Vindhyagiri Hills. This temple enshrines the figures of Jain Tirthankaras, namely the Neminatha, Shantinatha and Adinatha. It represents the rock-cut architectural form and has three cells. Akhanda-bagilu is the main entrance of the temple. The idols of Lord Bahubali and his brother Bharata are carved near the temple.
Akkanabasadi temple was constructed in 1121 by Achiakka, the wife of a Brahmin minister, Chandramouli. It is built by using soap stone in the Hoysala architectural style.Â The temple enshrines a 5 ft tall idol of Lord Parshwanath. This temple has gopuras, sanctum sanctorum, sukanasi and sabha mantapa. There are carved images of deities, such as Yakshi Padmavathi and Yaksha Dharanendra, in the temple.
Bhandaribasadi temple was constructed in 1126 by the treasurer of Hoysala King, Hulla. It is the largest Jain temple in the destination and is known as the Chaturvimshati-Jinalaya. The Bukkaraya inscription belonging to the Vijayanagara period can be seen in the temple. These inscriptions describe the battle between Sri Vaishnavas and the Jains.
The village is popular for its Jain pilgrim spots and religious monuments. HenceÂ shopping in ShravanabelagolaÂ is all about buying mostly religious things. The surrounding local markets are vibrant, filled with little shops and stores selling flowers, incense sticks, saffron and books on Jainism and mementos such as pictured frames of the Gommateshwara statue. There are shops that sell local jewellery like bangles and neck-pieces. Â The main markets are adorned with general stores and eating places. ATMs, medical stores and bakeries are strategically placed for convenience. However, one should not expect shopping malls here; instead enjoy the simplicity of the place and its local people.
The delectable southern Karnataka cuisine is an inseparable part of the state. The oouthern Karnataka plateau covers the districts of Bangalore, Rural Bangalore, Hassan, Kodagu, Kolar, Mandya, Mysore and Tumkur. Here, the range of cuisine is quite varied. The ingredients, flavors and the tastes of its cuisines are distinctive and versatile.
Some typical dishes include Bisi bele bath, piping hot rava idlis, dosas, sheera, Jolada rotti, Chapati, Ragi rotti, Akki rotti, Saaru, Huli, Vangi Bath, Khara Bath, Kesari Bath, Davanagere Benne Dosa, Ragi mudde, and Uppittu.
A typical Kannadiga Oota (Kannadiga meal) includes the following dishes in the order specified and is served on a banana leaf: Uppu(salt), Kosambari, Pickle, Palya, Gojju, Raita, Dessert (Yes, it is a tradition to start your meal with a dessert – Paaysa), Thovve, Chitranna, Rice and Ghee.