It is a renowned Jain religious center, located in Hassan district, Karnataka. The prime attraction of this holy town is gigantic statue of Bahubali. It measures 57 feet in height and the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Mahamasthambhabisheka is an astonishing festival celebrated once in every 12 years. The last Mahamasthanbhabisheka was celebrated in the year of 2006 and the next will be held in 2018. The entire town is flocked by flood of devotees and visitors. During this festival, the Bahubali statue is bathed with 1008 sacred pots of water, plenty of milk, honey, ghee, sandal paste and saffron paste. Besides being a religious center, it offers many sites seeing to tourists. Bhandari Basti, Chandragiri hills, Vidyagiri hills and Chandragupa Basti are some major attractions in Sravanabelagola.
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It is the world’s tallest monolithic statue, measures 57 feet in height. It is an outstanding specimen of craft and architecture of ancient India. There are many carved inscriptions found on the base of this statue. Mahamasthambhabsheka is an astounding festival celebrated once in every 12 years.
It is the monastery of Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamy, was built in 1912 AD. The three cells of this math are decorated by divine and decorative metal and stone idols. The beautiful wall paintings exhibit the life of Tirthankaras.
Kalamma Temple, Chandragiri temple, Vidyagiri temple, Akkanbasti temple and Bhandaribasti temple are other famous shrines.
How to reach Sravanabelagola
Bangalore international airport is 170 km from Sravanabelagola.
Hassan railhead is 52 km away from Sravanabelagola is the nearest railhead.
There are plenty of buses connecting Sravanabelagola to all major cities of Karnataka.
In summer 23-37°C and in winter 17-30°C. Best visited from October to March.