Places Worth seeing Around Hassan

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Places Worth seeing Around Hassan

Shravanabelegola

Gomateswara

As explained earlier, the name came from the ascetic Shravana and biliya Kola (white pond). The biliya kola (white pond) tank is in the middle of the town ‘Belagola’. The Main attraction is the monolithic nude statue of Gomateswara of about 58 feet high and the whole structure of the idol is well proportioned and a beauty to behold even if one is not religiously inclined. It is between 2 rocky hills. The statue of Lord Gomateswara a Jain saint is an idol of worship for centuries on a hill called Vindyagiri. It is supposed to be the tallest monolithic statues of the world. This is supposed to have been created by the Chamundaraya, the General cum Minister of the Ganga Dynasty king Rachamatta around 983 AD. Every 12th year a Mahamasthakabhisheka is performed to this statue which will be attended by lakhs of Jain devotees from all over the world. The next one is due in 2017. Since the statue is 50 feet high the abhisheka cannot be done without an elaborate and strong platform to stand and pour the abhisheka items over the crown of head of the statue of Lord Gomateswara. The steps to climb on to the platform above the head will obviously at the back of the statue so that the vision is not obstructed. The priests climb on to the platform and pour tender coconut water, turmeric and kumkum (vermillion) powders mixed with water in a thick consistency, and water etc over the head of the statue. Opposite to this is the Chandragiri where the tomb of Chandragupta Maurya and a few Jain temples are situated. Chandragupta Maurya was the founder of the Maurya Dynasty and founded the 1stt known Empire of India after 13 years of the leaving Alexander from India. The great Emperor Asoka is said to be the grandson of this Maurya founder. In his later years he embraced Jainism and abdicated the throne and followed the Jain guru Bhadrabahu Swami to Shravanabelegola in Karnataka in the 3rd century BC. He died in 298 BC at Shravanabelegola. From the above it is seen that the town is in between t hills of Indragiri and Chandragiri. This place is under the municipality since over 70 years. The place is having a Sanskrit patasala (school) to learn Sanskrit and Sastras. The Jain gurus Mutt is situate here and the priests stay in the mutt. As was mentioned in the details for Hassan, this was the first place where the Jains came in Karnataka from the Maurya kingdom and settled down. This place has historical references. There are several monuments in and around Shravanabelegola. There is beautiful pond called as ‘kalyani’ in the heart of the town.

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