On a trip to Sravanabelagola, tourists must visit Gomateshwara statue that is the prime attraction of the city. This 17-metre (58 feet) statue is the highest monolithic idol of Lord Gomateshwara in the world. This idol was built by King Rajamalla of the Ganga Empire and his general, Chamundaraya.
Upon reaching the site, travellers would get the chance to see inscriptions written in Kannada and Tamil language. These inscriptions appreciate the effort of the king and his general in constructing the Gomateshwara statue.
Thousands of devotees, especially Jains, visit Sravanabelagola city during the festival of Mahamastakabhisheka that is organised once in 12 years. Mahamastakabhisheka involves ceremonial smearing of the Gomateshwara statue. The world's tallest monolithic statue is bathed with saffron, ghee, milk, curd, gold coins and various other items.
Tourists on a trip to Sravanabelagola are 'recommended' to visit Bhandaribasadi Temple. With the size of 266 ft x 78 ft, this temple is the largest Jain pilgrimage site in the Sravanabelagola city. It was built by Hulla (the treasurer of Hoysala King) in the year 1126. Bhandaribasadi Temple, also known as Chaturvimshati-Jinalaya, has Bukkaraya inscription that belongs to the Vijayanagara period.
The inscriptions found at this temple depict war between Jains and Sri Vaishnavas. According to a local belief, Bhandaribasadi Temple was constructed at different stages. Upon reaching this temple, devotees get the chance to explore Sabha Mantapa, Antarala, Garba Griha and Mukha Mantapa. Idols of Gods and Goddesses, namely Yakshi, Brahma and Padmavathi have been placed inside the Antarala.
In addition, 3 ft high idols of 24 prophets can be found on an ornamental pedestal. Bhandaribasadi Temple has 3 doorways that are embellished with beautifully carved figures of animals and humans. Devotees visiting Bhandaribasadi Temple would notice the carved image of Lord Indra with 12 arms on the entrance door. Moreover, a Manasthambha has been kept at the main entrance of this temple.
Tourists are 'recommended' to visit Chandragiri Temple that is situated on the top of Chandragiri Hills in Sravanabelagola. It is one of the most popular Jain shrines, which was constructed by Chamundaraya, who was the disciple of Acharya Nemichandra Siddhanta-Chakravarti. This site, also known as Iruve Brahmadeva Temple, is one of the twenty Jain sites located in the Chandragiri Hills.
Devotees can view the inscriptions at this site, which belong to the 10th century. With the help of these inscriptions, scholars were able to decipher the history of Kannada language and literature. Chandragiri Temple is the perfect example of the country's cultural and historical architecture and sculpture.
Good quality granite stones were used during the construction of Chandragiri Temple. Upon reaching this site, travellers would get the chance to enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas.
Tourists are recommended to visit Akkanabasadi Temple on their trip to Sravanabelagola. This pilgrimage site was built by the wife of Chandramouli (Brahmin minister of the Hoysala king Ballala II), Achiakka, in 1121. Built using soapstone, the temple represents the Hoysala architectural and sculptural style.
The prime attraction of the Akkanabasadi Temple is the 5-feet-tall statue of Lord Parshwanath. Apart from this, the temple consists of sanctum sanctorum (garbagriha), sukanasi, gopurams and sabha mantapa. Upon reaching the temple, devotees would also get the chance to explore beautifully carved figures of deities, namely Yaksha Dharanendra and Yakshi Padmavathi.
Travellers are also 'recommended' to visit Jaina Math that is known among people as the monastery of Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji. The presiding deity of the site, Lord Chandrantha, has been kept inside the sanctum. The very first floor of the three storied Jain Math was built in the year 1912 AD.
Upon reaching the site, tourists would notice that three cells of the math are adorned with metal and stone statues that belong to the 19th century. In addition, travellers can see the figures of Navadevta Bimba and Yakshi Kushmandinidevi. Statues kept inside the Jain Math are made of copper, brass and bronze.
Tourists can also view the beautiful wall paintings, which are approximately 400 years old. On closer observation, people would come to know that these wall paintings represent the life of Jain King Nagakumara, Samavasarana of Parshwanath and Bharatha. Puja and various festivals are organised at the Jain Math on a daily basis.
While on a trip to Sravanabelagola, travellers are 'recommended' to visit Kalamma Temple that is devoted to Goddess Kali. An important point to be noted is that Kalamma Temple is the only Hindu pilgrimage site in Sravanabelagola city. Kalamma Temple is situated in proximity to the Akkanabasadi Temple.
Upon reaching the Kalamma Temple, devotees would notice the idol of Goddess Kali with four hands. Moreover, travellers would get the chance to explore various small shrines inside the complex. These shrines are devoted to other Hindu deities. Kalamma Temple is visited by Hindus as well as Jain devotees.
Travellers on a trip to Sravanabelagola are 'recommended' to explore the Vindhyagiri Temple that is situated at Vindhyagiri Hills. Vindhyagiri Temple, also called Odegala Basadi, has three cells that lie up on a hill, which is 572 steps up. In order to reach the site, travellers need to climb up 100 steps.
On their way to the site, travellers would notice small shrines and images alongside the path. This pilgrimage site is on a high terrace that was formed due to slabs of rock. Vindhyagiri Temple is a perfect example of rock-cut architectural style. Upon reaching the Vindhyagiri Temple, devotees would get the opportunity to view beautiful images of Jain Tirthankaras, namely Neminatha, Santinatha and Adinatha.
Moreover, the figure of Gullakayaji is another significant deity of the temple, which is regarded to be the incarnation of Goddess Padmavati. The entrance of the Vindhyagiri Temple is called Akhandu-bagilu because it was made out of a single rock. Figures of Bahubali and Bharata had been carved near the entrance.