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Sravanabelagola - Where Gomateshwara Stands Tall


The 17.5 metre high statue of Gomateshwara will be visible long before you reach the town of Sravanabelagola. The statue, which dates back to 978 AD, stands testimonial to the fact that Sravanabelagola has been one of the most important Jain pilgrimage spots over the ages.

Statues And Inscriptions

Sravanabelagola literally means the Monk of the White Pond. The statue is the world's largest monolithic structure and is carved from a single stone.

Apart from the statue, Sravanabelagola also offers some other glimpses into the past. King Chandragupta Maurya, weary after years of battle and court intrigues, is said to have sought the peace and tranquility of the hills at Sravanabelagola. He played an important role in spreading Jainism in South India.

Sravanabelagola attracts a lot of history buffs as inscriptions dating back to 600-1830 can be found here. There are about 800 such inscriptions which describe the rise of the various dynasties like the Ganga, Hoysalas and the Wodeyar. These written records give a sense of life in the ancient ages.

The nearest bus station to Sravanabelagola is Channarayapatna. You can get buses from both Bangalore and Mysore to Channarayapatna. The rest of the journey can be completed using local transport.

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How to Reach Sravanabelagola

  • By Road
    Regular state and private buses for Sravanabelagola are available from nearby cities like Bangalore. The place is well connected to nearby cities via KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses. Auto rickshaws and taxis are available for the convenience of tourists.
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  • By Train
    Hassan Railway Station is the main railhead, which is situated 52 km from Sravanabelagola. The railway station is well connected to major nearby cities and towns, such as Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore, to name a few. Tourists can hire taxis to reach the destination from here.
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  • By Air
    Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to Sravanabelagola, situated at a distance of about 165 km. It is linked with all the major cities and towns in India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, to name a few. The airport is ideal for tourists visiting Sravanabelagola from European, Asian, American and Middle East countries.
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