After the amazing visit at the Kedareshwara Temple, I decided on visiting the Chandragiri Hills in Shravanbelogola, near Bangalore. The
Chandragiri Hills are situated 157 km away from Bangalore and tourist buses are easily available.
Hotels are not in close proximity to the place, which is a good thing because the beauty and the peacefulness of the place remain intact. I checked in at a luxurious hotel around 40 km from the hills and rested for the day. I began early next day at a salon and spa I located close by to the hotel. Recharged with the beauty treatment, I caught a cab for Chandragiri hills.
The first thing that wisped me away was the sheer peacefulness of the place. Being a part-time photographer, the place filled me with joy and excitement that cannot be put into mere words.
Shravanbelogola is a famous Jain pilgrim destination and the number of people that converge here every month is beyond imagination. The huge statue of Gommateeshvara Bahubali is the main attraction here. Its sheer immensity blew me away. It is said that Chandragupta died here after becoming a Jain Monk in 298 BC.
I got to know one more fact about this place. The name Shravanabegola means “the white pond of the Shravana”. There is a pond in the middle of the city that is very interesting. More than 800 inscriptions have been found here, and most of them belong to the time between 600 A.D. to 1830 A.D.
Most of the temples are located close to each other and are all significantly different, making each a must visit. Decorated heavily with
beautifully crafted idols and paintings, I found them peaceful and fulfilling.
If you are a Jain or even if you’re not, I would recommend Shravanbelogola wholeheartedly to everyone out there looking for peace of mind.