App Content Animation:  Shravanabelagola, literally meaning ‘white pond of Sravana’, is named after a beautiful pond in the town Shravanabelagola is home to 8 Jain temples, or Basadis It is home to the world’s largest monolithic statue (57 ft.) of LordGomteshwara/Bahubali The statue was carved in the 10th Century out of a single granite rock by Chavundaraya The statue portrays the moment of Bahubali’s enlightenment in his meditative posture (standing) The foot of the statue holds inscriptions in Prakrit, i.e. Devanagari script, which read praises to the funding king Pro tip: During Mahamastakabhisheka, the site is anointed with water, turmeric, rice flour, sugar-cane juice, saffron, sandalwood paste, as well as gold and silver flowers and coins by devotees from across the globe   The ceremony takes place once every 12 years and is a must watch   (By Matthew Logelin CC BY 2.0(

0), via Wikimedia Commons) Trail: 1.    Akkana Basadi:Built in the year 1181 A.D. It has the 23rd Tirthankara Parshwanath asmain deity of the temple.     (Akkana – Wiki) 2.

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             Chandragupta Basadi:This temple was established in 9th century. The middle cell of thistemple has the figure of Parshvanatha, the one to the right the figureof Padmavathi and the one to the left the figure of Kushmandini,all in a seated posture(Chandragupta – Wiki)3.             Chamundarayaraya Basadi: Thisis the finest and one of the largest temples on the hill. It isalso known as Chavundaraya Basadi. It is dedicated to Neminatha, the 22nd Tirthankara.It is dated back to 982 A.D.(Chamundaraya – Wiki) 4.

             Shantinatha Basadi: Thistemple is dedicated to Shantinatha.It was built around 1200 A.D.(Shantinatha – Wiki)5.             Kattale Basadi: Itis, by fact, the biggest of all the Basadis on the Chandragirihill.

Kattlae Basadi has first Jain Tirthankara Rishabhnatha as main deity of thetemple.  History: Folklore:From a Prince to a Monk Bahubali received the kingdom of Asmaka when hisfather decided to become a monk. In a later take-over between his oldestbrother, Bharata, and the remaining 99 brothers, including Bahubali,he defeated Bharata. After his win, filled with disgust for the world, Bahubalirenounced his kingdom to become a monk.

 Read more: Whenhis father, Rishabhanatha, decided to become a monk, he distributed his kingdomamong his 100 sons. His older brother, Bharata, received the kingdom of Vinita(Ayodhya), while Bahubali was gifted the kingdom of Asmaka fromSouth India. However, not satisfied with one, Bharata tried to conquer and won98 of them, before marching towards Bahubali’s kingdom.  Both brothers wereendowed with superior body of extraordinary sturdiness and strength. Bahubaliused this and challenged his brother to a fight. The ministers of both theends, in order to prevent a war, devised three contests to settle the mattersbetween the two brothers: eye-fight (staring at each other), water-fight(jala-yuddha), and wrestling (malla-yuddha). Bahubali won all thethree contests over Bharata.

 After the fight, Bahubalifilled with disgust at the world, developed a desire for renunciation. Heabandoned his clothes and kingdom to become a Digambara monk and beganmeditating with great resolve to attain Kevala Gyana (omniscience). The Path to Moksha Bahubali is said to have meditated motionless in kayotsarga(a standing posture) for a year, unmindful of the vines, ants, and dust thatenveloped his body.  Read more:Bahubali is said to be the first Digambara monk to have attained moksha in thepresent half-cycle of time (Avasarpi??). After attaining moksha(liberation) and coming siddha (a pure, liberated soul) he was reveredas Kevali (an omniscient being). Pro Tips:·      The statue is open for public visitsthroughout the day. The best months to visit are October-March·      Foot-ware is not allowed on the foothillsof the temple. It is recommended to carry a pair of socks inorder to save your feet from the hot surface of the rocks·      There are more than 700 steps, so do carrya water bottle in order to stay hydrated·      Parking is availableat the foot of the hill·      There are a few foodstalls and Bhojanalayas (Mess) around.

The most recommended of all isnamed “Jain Bhojanalay”. (Breakfast: 8 a.m – 10 a.m | Lunch: 10 a.m onwards)