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Sravanabelagola – Witness historical extravagance
Situated amidst the Hassan and Mysore district of Karnataka, Sravanabelagola is a famous holy pilgrimage center of Jains. Due to its location, the township is surrounded by the Chandragiri and the Vindhyagiri ranges and is located at a height of 3,350 m above the sea level.
The beauty of this picture perfect place and its soothing environs completely exemplify its name, which means the ‘white pond’. Along with this, the place has a glorious past, which states that Bhadrabahu Swami and his supporter Chandragupta Maurya resided here about 100 years ago and used to meditate in its hills. However, later in the 9th century the town came into existence under the reign of Ganga rulers, who invaded this place from southern Karnataka.
For tourists, Sravanabelagola is a great place to plan a vacation, as you will have a lot to discover. Amongst which the major attraction is the Bahubali Statue. It is the tallest monolithic sculpture in India of Jain Lord, Gomateswara. It is about 17m or 57 ft tall and depicts the real hard work of its craftsmen and the emperors of Gangas, thus setting a perfect example of the architectural designs which signify the golden times of the rulers.
For those who are fond of adventure sports, there are many outdoor activities which can be enjoyed in its Chandragiri Hills. Chandragupta Basti is another delight which can be discovered within its vicinity. Visitors can also observe the celebration of Mahamastakabhisheka festival, which is celebrated after every 12 years. Thousands of devotees, from all across the world come here to witness its festivity and catch glimpse of the city drenched in ecstasy and contentment.