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Shravana Belagola - 9th Century Jain Temple

One of the most popular Jain temples in India is situated at Shravana Belagola, Karnataka. Two sacred hills dedicated to Sri Gomateswara, also known as Bahubali, son of the first Tirthankara.

The hills of Shravanabelagola namely Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri are the well noted places of pilgrimage for the Jains.

Shravanabelagola Images

Historical Attractions

  • The hills of Shravanabelagola is a noted place of pilgrimage for the Jains
  • The 58 foot, 8 inch statue of Sri Gomatheswar, carved between 978-993 AD
  • Vindhyagiri, Chandragiri hills have number of Jain monuments
  • A flight of 614 steps, leads to the summit of Vindhyagiri hill
  • A magnificent water tank - Kalyani Pushkarini
  • Sri Gomateswara, also known as Bahubali, was the son of first Tirthankara
  • Bahubali steadfastly observed penance in a Kayotsakga pose
  • Mahamastakabhisheka - Head-anointing ceremony held once in 12 years

Address of Shravana Belagola

Shravanabelagola town is located in Channarayapatna Taluk, Hassan District of Karnataka state, India - 573135.

How to Reach

  • Nearest Town: Hassan - 50km
  • Distance: Bangaluru to Shravanabelagola - 144km, Mangaluru to Shravanabelagola - 220km, Mysuru to Shravanabelagola - 84km
  • Nearest Airport: Bangalore
  • Nearest Bus Station: Shravanabelagola
  • Nearest Railway Station: Shravanabelagola, Hassan

Where to Stay

The Shravanabelagola Kshetra committee provides accommodation. phone: +91-8176257258. Apart from that couple budget hotels available in the town. The better option is Hassan town, which posses luxury hotels.

What to Eat

Jain food is available at Shravana belagola. They mainly serv dhal, roti, rice, sambhar and buttermilk. the Jain food items are prepared without using onion. Hassan town is the better option for variety of restaurants.

Festivals / Events


Mahamastakabhisheka is an event that is organized every 12 years is celebrated here. Coconut milk, curd, jaggery, bananas, poppy seeds, milk, saffron and sandalwood is used to anoint saint Gomatheswara’s body. Then next event is scheduled in 2018.

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