Sunday, 19 April 2009

Trip to Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebidu

Saturday was a long day: starting at 4:45 AM in the morning and ending at 12:00 AM in the night. I and few others from office went on a one day excursion to Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebidu.


We saw the world's largest monolithic statue of the Jain god: Gomateshwara Bahubali. The temple, where the statue stands, is on a small hill and you have to climb around 700 steps to get there. At the end of it my fragile companions, limbs shivering, were left tired and breathless.

Belur and Halebidu

Visited two famous temples: Chennakesava Temple (Belur) and Hoysaleswara temple, (Halebidu). Both of the temples were built over generations by the rulers of Karnataka. The immaculate, highly detailed stone sculptures which cover the temple walls were awe-inspiring. Many of these stone sculptures depict figures from mythological stories and it was quite interesting to listen to the guide describe them.

More photos here.


Ricky Peterson said...

Very informative post. Gomateshwara is the tallest statue in the world. Dedicated to Lord Bahubali, located in Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola is a very important for pilgrimage and religion for centuries. For more details refer Gomateshwara