“THERE IS NO ENEMY OUT OF YOUR SOUL. THE REAL ENEMIES LIVE INSIDE YOURSELF; THEY ARE ANGER, EGO, PRIDE, CURVEDNESS, GREED, ATTACHMENTS AND HATRED” :- Lord Mahavir
According to Jainism, Bahubali is considered the ideal of the man who conquers selfishness, jealousy, pride and anger. The 57 foot monolithic statue of Gomateshvara (Bahubali) at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for the followers of Jain Religion.
Shravanabelagola literally means “White pond of the ascetic”, which lies between two hills. The bigger hill is Indragiri/Vindyagiri (Doddabetta) and the smaller one is Chandragiri ( Chikkabetta).
One could witness 2000+ years of Jain history in this place. Emperor Chandra Gupta Maurya renounced his Kingdom and lived as a Jain monk at Chandragiri until he attained salvation in 298 BC. Emperor Asoka built the monuments for several Tirtankaras (Jain Saints) at Chandragiri during 3rd century BC. Chandragiri hill is 3052 feet above sea level and there are around 350 to 400 steps to reach the hilltop. Jainism was at its peak during the rule of Western Ganga dynasty of Talakkad between 4 to 10th century AD. ( Read about Talakkad here ).
Vindyagiri hill is 3347 feet above sea level and has a flight of 600 steps to reach its top. It is indeed a very steep climb and not recommended for people with heart related ailments. 58-feet tall monolithic statue of Gomateshvara (Bahubali) is located on top of Vindyagiri Hill. It was built in the year 982 AD and considered to be the world’s largest monolithic stone statue.
Bahubali was the son of King Adinatha . Bahubali had fought fierce battles against his brother Bharata for their kingdom . After his victory, he realized the shallowness of the materialistic world, gave away the kingdom to his brother, left his worldly possessions and became a saint. As a part of his penance, he stood still in meditation for such a long time that anthills formed at his feet and vines grew around his body. The Bahubali statue symbolizes the simplicity of human life and the supreme awareness attained through penance. The nudity of the statue indicates firm determination and self-control.
Shravanabelagola is situated in the Hassan district of Karnataka.
- Bangalore – Nelamangala – Channarayapattana – Shravanabelagola (143 Km)
- Mysore – Srirangapatna – Pandavapura – KR Pet – Kikeri – Shravanabelagola (82 Km)