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“Lord Bahubali”

Bhagawan Bahubali Statue (Gommateshwara)
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Private Day Trip from Bangalore to Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

One of the best statue of lord bahubali. As told by people i also observe shadow of statue will not fall on floor on temple and no bird will sit on statue. You can see white mouth eagle is sky but no bird will sit on statue. Atmosphere always spiritual and story of lord bahubali impress you. Formation of this statue by king and subsequent story also impressive. Always go in early morning or late evening. Climb few steps and take rest then again climb make your journey excellent. Doli is available in office and book in advance for elderly person. Free jain meals available at main office premises.
After rainy season view of valley and opposite hill is excellent.

5  Thank dedacain
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Such a huge monolithic statue of Bahubali. The whole of Hassan district is full of architectural wonders and one is this. The view from the top of the hill is very nice. One needs to climb 640 steps one way. We went on a bright sunny day and it was exhausting. Better to have your hat, coolers and socks. Reach from Bangalore is through excellent roads

5  Thank MasalaBox
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

By report this is the largest monolithic statue in the world at 57 feet. It really is quite striking when you see that it is carved from a single rock. Take special note that the index finger on the left hand is significantly shorter than the adjacent fingers. My guide informed me that a short index finger is associated with wisdom...that may be the case although the cynic in me had to wonder if perhaps there was a mistake when carving out the hand and a legend subsequently grew up around it...I guess I'll never know for sure.

The steps up to the place are smooth but there is a wide range in steepness; some are big and others are small so make sure you can handle the trek up the hill (about 600 steps). There weren't too many pilgrims when I went but enough to get a sense of the place. You have to take your shoes/sandals off for the trek so it might be worth wearing socks to keep from burning your feet on hot days. There is also a fee to store your shoes so be ready to pay the nice man at the shoe guarding place.

4  Thank Retinol13
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I keep going to this place every 2-3 months. I always feel fresh and enthusiastic on seeing the Lord Bahubali's statue.

Last time I visited Sharavanbelagola on 10th March 2013. We reached there one day before in the evening. Stayed there that night and on the next day early morning, we climbed up the hill to see the world's largest monolith once again.

Normally, people from Bangalore leave early morning, reach Sharavanbelagola during the day and climb up the hill during the noon, when the stair's stone gets hot.
So, it is recommended if you have enough time, better to reach one day before by evening time and stay there overnight and climb up early in the morning.

One update since my old review is that, the road from Bangalore to Shravanbelagola is almost completed now. It takes mere 2.5 hours to reach by Car.

Also, to people visiting first time, please note that, DO NOT EAT IN ANY MARWARI BHOJNALAYA. Stick to either the JAIN MATT BHOJNALAYA or a decent hotel/restaurant.

You can query, you can contact me anytime. I have already been to this place more than 15 times.

5  Thank jnrobin
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

The 600 plus steps, carved in the rock, up to the statue of saintly prince Bahubali at this old and important Jain pilgrimage site may be somewhat daunting, but the 17 meter high statue is a beautiful Jain work, as are the smaller statutes of disciples (you need the caretaker to open the gates to go inside the gallery where they reside). There is a panoramic view from the top, and the many pilgrims (dressed in black) and school children visiting the site make the climb more interesting. We did it starting at around noon, and I would definitely suggest earlier or later in the day, at least in January or any of the hotter months. Vendors sell socks for 50 rupees or so, and it is well worth it if you have feet at all sensitive to heat. (My husband’s pair lasted him through at least eight other temples during the trip.)

4  Thank Erica M
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