Shravanabelagola ranks among the well known heritage sites in India. It is a part of the state of Karnataka and is a renowned pilgrimage site of the Jain community. Hundreds of pilgrims from all parts of the country come to Shravanabelagola to get a feel of the culture and tradition.
Shravanabelagola in Karnataka is famous for the giant monolith of Lord Gomasteswara. The monolith was built in the 10th century AD by Chamundaraya, the commander and minister of the Ganga dynasty who erected it in the honor of Lord Bahubali. The statue is known for its enormous height and can be noticed from a distance of around 30 km. It is also famous for the beautiful architecture.
An added attraction of Shravanabelagola is the Mahamastakabhisheka Festival. This festival is held once in 12 years. During the festival, the monolith is immersed in milk, curd, ghee, saffron and gold coins. Other natural ingredients like sugarcane juice, saffron paste, sandalwood powders, turmeric, and vermilion are also used in the process of bathing. Finally, flowers are showered over the statue from a helicopter.
Like other parts of the state, Shravanabelagola, Karnataka experiences a tropical climate. The summer season is hot while the winter season is cool. The suitable season for coming here is between the months of October and March.
Shravanabelagola can also be easily accessed through various routes. The place is around 158 kms from the capital city of Bangalore. Regular bus, car and taxi services are available between Bangalore and Shravanabelagola. Rail services are also available. There are numerous hotels in Shravanabelagola where tourists can enjoy comfort and satisfaction at moderate rates.