Shravanbelagola, located in Hassan, Karnataka is one of the most frequented destinations in India. Tourists from all over the country flood to Shravanbelagola to see its great and imposing structures. This historically important destination can be ideally visited throughout the year. It is famous worldwide because of the Jain Temple, which has one of the tallest statues in the world.
Shravanbelagola is a famous Jain pilgrim center in the country. The city boasts of the colossal Statue of the Jain saint Gomatesheshwara. This statue dates back to approximately AD 981. This grand statue was carved out of a mountain, is said to be the tallest statue in the world. It is one of the most graceful and impressive statures found in the country. You can site this statue at a small town on the top of the Indragiri hills.
This enormous monolithic structure rise 58 feet high with proportionate gigantic features. It has 26 ft wide shoulders and 10-ft of its feet. This tall figure stands naked and show simple form of architecture. The simplicity blended with grandness is a typical feature of this Lord Gomatesheshwara figure in Shravanbelagola in Karnataka.
The chiseled figure gives an amazing serene expression. This figure stands for more than 1,800 years. You can reach to the top of the statue by climbing a flight of 700 steps, which are carved in granite. The Lord Gomatesheshwara statue stands for the renunciation of worldly possessions. It was sculpted by Aristanemi in 981 AD and was installed later in 983 AD by Ganga King Rachamatta.
Getting to Shravanbelagola will not be a problem at all. This city is connected by air, rail and road. The nearest airport to Shravanbelagola is Bangalore and Mangalore. You can also access train to get to this beautiful destination. Railways connect this place to important cities of Bangalore, Mysore and Hassan. Hassan is the nearest railhead. Regular buses ply on the road, which will take you to Shravanbelagola in Karnataka.
During your visit to Shravanbelagola, do not miss to visit the huge Lord Gomatesheshwara statue, which is counted as one of the most frequented monuments in India.