Bhagawan Bahubali Statue (Gommateshwara)

Bhagawan Bahubali Statue (Gommateshwara)

Bhagawan Bahubali Statue (Gommateshwara)
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Jagadh_Yathrikan
Chennai (Madras), India75 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Family
Gommateshwara stands on top of hill around 500+ steps to climb. It is bit hard for old people and for others it is ok. View from top of the hill is very good. And has lot of photo spots as well. We had good dharshan as the crowd was limited when we went. Toilet and other facilities are there in the place where the steps start. Parking space is limited for such a tourist place.
Written January 1, 2020
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D K Hansaria
Malda, India40 contributions
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Oct 2022 • Couples
Good place for visit. 18 M Bahubali statue is on hill top. View is very pleasent. Have to climb around 500 step. Will take around 1 hour in climbing. Have to climb without shoe. Shocks can be used.
Written October 5, 2022
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avi_hinduja
Bengaluru, India86 contributions
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Aug 2011 • Friends
One of the best places i ever visited. It gives you the feel of being one with yur self.. a little religion, a little adventure, a little history, a little architecture.. makes this trip complete.

1000 years old monolythic statue of Bahubali, looks awsome and the city look from the hill is also wonderful .

The hand written scriptures on hill reflect the heritage and importance of this protected monument.
Written January 27, 2012
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jnrobin
Indore, India510 contributions
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Apr 2011
I visited Bahubali in April 2011 with my wife, sister-in-law and her children. We hired a cab from Bangalore and visited the place,

The place is more popularly known as Shravanabelagola. Bahubali is the name of god whose statute is present there on top of the hill. The statue is world's largest monolithic stone statue and it was erected in 981 AD.

Every twelve years, thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the ceremony called Mahamastakabhisheka. Last time it happend in 2006.

There are two hills Vindyagiri and Chandragiri on either side of a pond. Vindyagiri hill has the statue and Chandragiri has some very old Jain temples.

The place has very good facility for accommodation and jain food is also available in the Bhojanalaya (canteen) of the temple at the base of the Vindhyagiri. There are few temples in the village also, the statues are very old and attractive.

There is a KSRTC bus stand close to Dharamshala (place for accommodation), from where people can get buses for Bangalore and nearby town.

From Bangalore, it is 160 Kms. By taxi it takes 3-4 hours and by bus it takes 4-5 hours.

Sharavanbelagola ki very famous among Jain followers. People come all the way from north Indian states to visit the statue of Bahubali.

I have been visitingthis place several times and shall continue it .. It is among my all time favorite destination and will always be..
Written October 4, 2011
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Prithwish M
Mumbai, India14 contributions
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May 2014 • Friends
It took me a few days to start mentioning – Shravanabelagola – under one breadth. About 160 Km from Bangalore , this small lazy town has two hills –Indragiri and Vidyagiri almost facing each other, Jainism in this place is 2000+ years old.On one of the hills – is the famous monolithic statue of Gommateshvara - Bahubali and the other hill is where Chandragupta is said to have died in 298 BC after he became a Jain monk -Truly fascinating indeed.

I have been thinking of visiting Shravanabelagola for quite some time. The monolithic statue of the Jain saint has always fascinated me. And the history of Changragupta Maurya spending the last few years of his life away in such austerity inspired me a lot.

And the last bit of trivia is this - Aparently Baba budan is the one who introduced coffee in India. You may google on how he carried coffee seeds on his way back from mecca. Its a fascinating story and what better way to end our travelogue that this reference to the interesting journey of Baba Budan for whom I owe my morning cup of coffee.

We started from Bangalore at around 6 AM . We asked for a cab from 'Ola cabs' and were pleasantly surprised with the professionalism of the driver and the overall experience. We had South India idli sambar and filter coffee on the way and reached Shravanabelagola at around 9 AM. I love buying the -small soft cover guide books - which are available at most historial places in India. I bought one which covers Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid .

The monolothic status of Gometeshwara is located at the hill top. So we sharted taking the steps cut on the hill. One of my friends had asked us to put on socks, which i conveniently ignored only later to regret much and spend the evening puting vaseline on my soles. The steps are broad and the climb tests your endurance and fitness. There are a couple of levels before you reach the top. There are numerous temples dedicated to Jain saints.
This part of south india was ruled by the Ganga dynasty-which lasted from about 350 to 1000 AD. The ganga rulers are famous for their patronage toward Jainism resulting in the construction of monuments in places such as Shravanabelagola and Kambadahalli.

The Statue of Bahubali - Gommateshwara is awe inspiring. He stands tall and beautiful- fresh even post 1000 years. We spent a couple of hours in the Indragiri hills and then decided to descend and then move to the other hill. By then we had already burnt the soles. The Chandra giri hills has many more temples. This hill had fewer people and we rested near Bhadrabahu's cave. It was windy at the top of the hill and we did have a short nap.

By the time we wrapped up it was post 2. From Shravanabelagola we left for Halebidu. Halebidu was the capital city of the Hoysalas. The Hoysala empire was a prominent Southern Indian Kannadiga empire that ruled most of the modern-day state of Karnataka between the 10th and the 14th centuries.

Much to our dissatisfaction, it was raining by the time we reached Halebidu. The Hoysaleswara temple, dating back to the 1100 AD., is simply wonderful for its wealth of sculptures. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and dancing figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are the same. There are two huge Nandi bulls - which are the 6th and 7th largest in India. The temple of Halebidu, has been described by art critics James Fergusson and Percy Brown as an "outstanding example of Hindu architecture" and as the "supreme climax of Indian architecture".

Frankly i have never seen much elaborate display of stulptures and if it was not for the rains, I would have spent many more hours. I strongly recommend a guide ( Charges Rs 200) . There are so many statues that only a guide can do justice. As it was getting dark, we started towards Belur. Near the Halebidu temple there aretwo Jain temples. the care takers had already locked the gates . We pleaded and they opened one for us. We started for Belur and reached belur in an hour. We started lookign for a hotel. Luckily i has read about the Karnataka State tourism hotel in belur and we landed at the right time. A few moments late and we would have to took for something else. The hotel is walking distance from the Belur temple. The food in the hotel is terrible. I liked the hotel because only because its spacious.
In the morning at around 7 AM we started for the temple. The Chennakesava temple is a smaller version of the Halebidu temple though it was built earlier. The star shaped temple is very elaborate and full of intricate sculptures. We spent couple of hours in the temple. Then we set off to Srengeri.
Sringeri is a hill town in Chikkamagaluru district is the site of the first maṭh established by Adi Shankara, Hindu theologian , in the 8th century CE It is located on the banks of the river Tunga. There is an old temple in Srengeri which was overshadowed with the whole religious fervour of the place. There was no guide. This is the biggest risk, where religion takes over history. We left the place in some time and started for Chikmaglur.

By the time we reached Chikmaglur it was dark. We wanted to stay in one of the numerous home stays. We had not booked any place . We started calling up the multiple home stays. All of them was booked. Post calling some 10 home stays - the numbers of which we picked from the internet - we were disappointed. Luckily we found a local who had some contact with a home stay some 15 km from Chikmagpur up the hill.

The home stay was decent . We paid Rs 1500 per head for an overnight stay along with dinner and breakfast. In the morning we started for a trek amongst the coffee plantations. Post breakfast we started off for the Baba Budan hills .
Dattagiri / Baba Budangiri (or Bababudangiri or Baba Budan Giri) is a mountain in the Dattagiri Hill Range / Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats of India. Located in the Chikkamagaluru District of Karnataka, Dattagiri / Baba Budangiri is known for its shrine to the Sufi saint Baba Budan, a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Muslims. The shrine is actually a cave with the tumbs of the saint. There were lots of pilgrims. Post paying respect to the saint, we started trekking towards a small waterfall called - Manikyadhara falls. The trek of about an hour was fascinating . The falls was quite an anticlimax. But then we were not the religious types. To hundreds of pilgrims who had assembled there the falls was nothing short of a miracle - the water emerging from no visible trail. The vehicles ferrying people to and fro from the falls to the base of the hill is quite a sight. One jeep fits on 15 people and the driver barely manages to keep his hand on the steering.
Written May 22, 2014
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Samya B
Bankstown, Australia7 contributions
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Jan 2012 • Couples
Its a nice historical place to visit. Main attraction is Statue of Mahubali which 80 ft long.You need to climb around 600 steps.Ideally you should be bare feet but u can move with socks also. Other attraction are numerious jain basadis of different thrithankara and foot print of Chandragupta. In foot of the Hill I will advice you to try tasty Jain food from any of the Jain Bhojonalayas.
Distance is 141 km from Bangalore.You can also travel from Hassan- channarayapatna- shravanabelagola(Total 50Km approx).Need to change bus in channarayapatna.Plenty of KSRTC buses are available.Corporation bank ATM are there in channarayapatna/ shravanabelagola.
Written January 9, 2012
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AjayJM
Plano, TX176 contributions
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Aug 2010
Bahubali in Shravanabelagola is one of the tallest statues of Jain monk in India. Shravanabelagola is about 150 kms from Bangalore and it takes about 3 - 4 hours by car from Bangalore. The highway is quite good and drive is not a problem.

Once you reach Shravanabelagola, park close to the foothills of the temple. There must be about 300-400 steps of climb to reach the top of the hill where the statue is located. The status is almost 1000 years old. However, when you see the bahubali statue it does not look old or worn out.

The presence in front of bahubali is a wow experience. I was impressed how the statue must have been created 1000 years back.

There are food stalls at bottom of the temple. Plus chappals / foot wear are not allowed from foothills of the temple. Accordingly, carry socks for protection of feet.
Written June 28, 2011
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drakul
Mumbai, India55 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Couples
The statue is the only attraction here. The climb is about 45 minute
uphill.There is no provision for water or any shelter shade on the way. For elderly it is very difficult. DO NOT FORGET TO CARRY COTTON SOCKS and water bottle. Footwear is not allowed.It has to be left right at the bottom.The whole path is carved in dark granite stone steps and it becomes very hot.Not a blade of grass is there to soothe your feet.If you forget socks you can buy from hawkers, who crowd your vehicle on arrival at entrance to walk.There is facility for shoe keeping and washing feet.
There is doli available for those who can not climb. But the staff refuses to go up between11am to3pm ,when it becomes very hot and I did not see them wearing socks.The official charge is Rs 120 but you have to tip generously.
About statue it 57feet high, whole world knows about its fame.
Written April 13, 2014
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Asheesh K Chopra
Brisbane, Australia41 contributions
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By the time we reached the entrance to the hike for the statue located at the top of the hill it was already 5:10 pm. We kept debating if we had the time for going up coming down after spending some time on the top in an hour and a half as we wanted to be back to Bangalore at a decent time. The reviews about the difficulty of the climb was debated but we decided to just do it! ...we never regretted a bit! The climb to us was never as difficult as we had been expecting reading many reviews. Just to put the things in perspective, I am 40 yrs with a sedentary corporate job and life style. So if it was not that difficult for me ...I'm sure most of you would find it similarly if not easier. However, the place on top has only two things to offer, first, the awe inspiring statue and a view of the town below. It would be most enjoyed by people with at least a slight taste in spirituality/ religion, and ones who love the serenity to the activity of the "tourist spots". Though we sweated a lot while climbing , the time we spent on top , the serenity, the fresh air, slight drizzle totally rejuvenated us by the time we were back within 1:30 hrs. The travel up and down was just an hour with quite a few halts during the climb.
Written April 12, 2015
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Mohitv1b
Mumbai, India27 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Family
We started early morning ( just 600 steps ) so should be very comfortable. Some information points:- (i) Three dolis are available @ Rs. 500 per trip + expected tip of Rs. 200 - same start from 6:30 am, no pre booking so for elders who cant climb reach in time. (ii) There is a marwadi restaurant run by migrants from bikaner ...amazing home made food ( we ordered aate ka hlawa as well) ... best choice to have food (iii) The radh restaurant outside main enerance serves south indian food of good quality - ideal for breakfast. (iv) Kalash starts at 8:30 am jains should definitely give a shot
Written April 11, 2015
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