Sravanabelagola is one of the popular pilgrimage sites in India. It is located in the state of Karnataka and is a well known pilgrimage site of the Jain community. Thousands of pilgrims from various parts of the country and aboard come to Sravanabelagola.
Sravanabelagola in Karnataka is home to the giant monolith of Lord Gomasteswara. It was built in the 10th century AD by Chamundaraya, the minister and commander of the Ganga dynasty and was erected in the honor of Lord Bahubali. The statue rises up to a great height and can be seen from a distance of 30 km. It is known for the beautiful carvings.
An event known as Mahamastakabhisheka is held once in 12 years in Sravanabelagola, Karnataka. On the day of the festival, the monolith is bathed in milk, curd, ghee, saffron and gold coins. Other ingredients like sugarcane juice, saffron paste, sandalwood powders, turmeric, and vermilion are also used in the bathing process. The ceremony ends with the shower of flowers over the statue from a helicopter.
Like other parts of Karnataka, Sravanabelagola experiences a pleasant climate. The summer months are hot while the winter months are cool. The ideal time for coming to the area is between the months of October and March.
Sravanabelagola can also be easily reached. It is around 158 kms from the capital city of Bangalore. Regular buses, cars and taxis ply between Bangalore and Shravanabelagola. Train services are also available. The town consists of plenty of hotels where one can enjoy high level of comfort and satisfaction at moderate rates.