Shravanabelagola in a glance:
Coordinates : 12.86 N, 76.48 E
State : Karnataka
Shravanabelagola is a town located near Channarayapatna of Hassan district in Karnataka and is located at a distance of 144 km from Bangalore. Here are a few places to visit in Shravanabelagola.
How to reach:
The nearest railway station is at Hassan(45km) with most trains halting there. Mysore (97 km) has the nearest airport and can be accessed using cab service available there. Shravanabelagola is well connected by roads that are well maintained.
Places to visit and things to do in Shravanabelagola
Akkana Basadi Temple :
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Featuring the Hoysala architectural style, this temple was built by Achiakka in 1121 AD using soap stone. This temple is dedicated to Parshwanatha and the height of the idol of the deity is 5 feet.
Bhandari Basadi Temple :
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Built in 1126 by Hulla, the treasurer of the Hoysala kings, this temple is the largest in Sravanabelagola. The multiple intricate carvings and idols here are impressive amidst the other structures that portray simple styles of architecture.
Chandragiri Temple :
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The most famous Jain shrine in Sravanabelagola, this temple atop the Chandragiri Hills was built by Chavundaraya using high quality granite stone. The view from this temple is beautiful.
Gomateshwara Statue :
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The world’s tallest monolithic statue, at a height of 17m, the Gommatesvara statue was built in the 10th century by Chamundaraya, the general of the King Rajamalla of the Ganga dynasty.
Jaina Math :
This is the monastery of Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji and this three storeyed structure has Lord Chandranatha as the main deity. The beautiful wall paintings along with the brass, copper and bronze statues are a must visit attraction.
Kalamma Temple :
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The only Hindu temple in Shravanabelagola, it is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Multiple shrines dedicated to various other Hindu Gods and Goddesses can be seen in the vicinity of this temple, within the complex.
Vindhyagiri Temple :
Also known as the Odegala Basadi, this temple is situated in the Vindhyagiri Hills and is dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras Neminatha, Shantinatha and Adinatha.
What to Eat in Sravanabelagola :
One can relish authentic, rich and traditional cuisine of South Karnataka in this area. Do indulge in Dosa, Jolada Rotti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Akki Roti, Sheera, Saaru, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath to name a few. Feast on traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Obbattu, Pyaasa etc .