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..
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