Shravanabelagola Dharmasthala Moodbidri Jain Tour 4 Days
Shravanabelagola, Dharmasthala, and Moodbidri are crucial Jain pilgrimage sites in Karnataka. Jain tourist places covered are Shravanabelagola Lord Gomateshwara statue, Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri hills. Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, Chandranatha Basadi, Ratnagiri hill Lord Gomateshwara, Venur, Shri Bahubali Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra.Moodbidri Jain Kashi, Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani basadi, and other 18 basadis. Belthangady Jain Temple 800 Yrs Old at Melanthi betta and Sri Ratnatraya Jain Tritha Kshetra.
Day 01: Bangalore to Shravanabelagola via NH 75 Kunigal, Yediyur, Hiresave road 3 to 4 hours of journey.
Upon arrival at Bangalore, Kempegowda International Airport, KSR Bengaluru, Yesvantpur, Bangalore cant Railway station, or Kempegowda Bus station in Majestic Bangalore. The driver will assist in the pickup and drive to the hotel for fresh up and then move to Shravanabelagola on the way to visiting the following places.
- Shri Parshwa Labdhi Dham Jain Temple, a peaceful Jain Mandir.
- Check into the hotel and visit the following place.
- Shravanabelagola nestles between two rocky hills “Indragiri” and “Chandragiri” with a white pond, located in between at the foot of the Indragiri hill; the Pond seems to have been created in place of the “Belagola” of the past, by the King of Mysore Sri Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar in the 17th Century CE.
- The great art critic Mr. Ferguson’s descriptions of this 58.8 feet high Bahubali, aka Gomateshwara “nothing grander or more imposing exists anywhere, no know stature surpasses it in height. Sri Bopanna, the Kannada poet in his celebrated work ” Gommata Stuti,” describes that the creation of Gommata is apt and cannot be improved. Three inscriptions are in the Kannada language, says ” Sri Chavundaraya Madisidam” ( Meaning Mr. Chavundaraya did this job). Nearly 1039 years old, but still looking serene and freshly carved. The statue is 26 feet across shoulders, has a 10 feet waistline, 5.6 feet long middle finger, 9 feet long feet, 2.9 feet long toe, and the breath across the foot is feet is 4.6. Next to the Gommata statue, there are “Manasathambas”( free-standing pillars of enormous dimensions, of this Tyagada Brahmadeva pillar erected by Chavundaraya, is unrivaled.
- Vindhyagiri Hill is situated about 3,288 MSL, and it has fifteen must-see monuments that can be seen by climbing around 700 steps.
- Bhagavan Gomateshwara Statue, the fifty-eight feet statue, is considered to be the tallest monolithic statue in the World, atop Vindhyagiri at Shravanabelagola, a visual surprise, are an absolute symbol of Ahimsa (Non-violence) and supreme sacrifice. While Ahimsa brings happiness, the sacrifice ushers in peace. Bhagavan Gomateshwara Statue, depicted in the upright position of meditation known as Kayotsarga, practiced attaining salvation by renunciation, self-restraint, and complete dominance over ego. The Digambara form is typical of Jains, and it symbolizes one’s victory over worldly attachment and wishes. The statue has ringlets, curly hair, elongated ears, opened eyes in a face with perfectly chiseled features, exhibiting a faint smile. His face, smile, and posture embody calm vitality of ascetic detachment, reveals divine grace. At the base of the Bahubali statue depicts an anthill, a creeper is entwining both his legs and arms blossoming into flowers in the upper arms. The monolithic statue stands on a carved lotus flower. As the symbol of his childhood and divinity.
- Siddara Basadi, Dedicated to Sidda Bhagavan Tirthankara.
- Akanda Bagilu (Bagilu means Door), the monolithic gateway, is a doorway that has the Gajalakshmi panel above the door lintel. Goddess Lakshmi is seated on a lotus, flanked by two elephants who anoint the goddess with pots, held in their trunks. The relief sculptures of crocodiles and lions form the upper part of the panel this is one of the finest and largest bloated image of Gajalakshmi in the country, undoubtedly the best of Ganga artistry. While the doorway is assignable to the year 980 CE, the two cells at its sides were added around 1130 CE by Bharathamayya, general of Hoysala King Raja Vishnuvardhana. The two relief sculptures in the cells represent Bharata and Bahubali.
- Chennanna Basadi
- Wodegal Basadi is so-called because of the stone props against its basement. It is the only tirkutachala (Triple-shrine) temple at Shravanabelagola. Built of granite blocks, it is impressive for the commanding position it occupies. All the Pillars in the main hall are circular shape, and the outer walls are natural. In the three sanctums are beautiful images of Tirthankaras carved. The temple dated to 14th-century CE. in literary works is known as “Trikta Basadi.
- Tyagada Kamba Historically significant. In the center of the pavilion is an elaborately carved pillar that is unmatched in artistic beauty. Minister Chavundaraya distributed gifts to the needy and the deserving from here. Another view is that he renounced from here all his worldly possessions, including his life. The entire scroll designs, elegant artistry, and bold lines bring out the best of the Ganga artistry. The original inscription at the base was erased in about 1200 CE by Heggade Kanna. He Heggade installed the Yaksha image on top of this pillar and got a record engraved at its pedestal some Five hundred years late, and an upper Mantapa built in brick and mortar.
- Chauvisa Tirthankara Basadi, built in 1648 CE.
- Bhandara Basadi
- Jaina Matha
- Kalyani ( Pond)
- Mang Ayi Basadi
- Negara Jinalaya
- Dana Sale Basadi
- Sidhanta Basadi
- Akkana Basadi
- Chandragiri hill is situated about 3049 feet MSL, named after the Maurya Empire, Emperor Chandragupta. Chandragiri, is the most ancient Jaina Center in South India, as per tradition, Chandragupta Maurya and his teacher “Bhadrabahu” came and settled here around 300 BCE. Thus the hill may be named after him. Chandra means Chandragupta Maurya, and Giri means hill in local Kannada Language. There is also Chandragupta Basadi on the mountain, which reminds of the Jain Tradition, and this Chandragupta Basadi along with Chavundaraya basadi famous not only in Shravanabelagola but also in entire Karnataka. Chavundaraya, who was Minister in Ganga Dynasty, was the man behind the Colossus of Lord Bahubali.
- Shantinatha Basadi
- Parshvanatha Basadi
- Chandragupta Basadi
- Kattale Basadi
- Majjigana Basadi
- Shasana Basadi
- Chandraprabha Basadi
- Parshwanatha Basadi
- Chavundaraya Basadi
- Eradukatte Basadi
- Savatigandhavarana Basadi
- Terina Basadi
- Shantishwara Basadi
- Iruve-Brahmadeva Basadi
- Bhadrabahu Cave
- Marasimha’s Mana Stambha
- Mahanavami Mantapa
- Bhadrabahu Inscriptions
- Gangaraja Mantap
- Nishidhi Mantapa
Overnight stay in Shravanabelagola.
Day 02: Shravanabelagola to Dharmasthala,195 km via Halebid, Belur NH 73, 6 hrs journey.
After breakfast, early morning drive to Dharmasthala on the way visiting a few Jain Tirth kshetras.
- Apart from World famous Hoysaleshwara temple in Halebidu, nearby is the 12th Century Basadi complex built by Hoysala Kings, Namely Parshvanatha, Shantinatha, and Adinatha. These Jain Basadi complex. Archaeological Survey of India has listed this, three basadi in the complex in the list of “Must See” Indian Heritage.
- Belur, aka Velapuri, was the former capital of the Hoysala Empire. Built on a perfect Vastu Shilpa, took 103 years and three generations to complete, houses a lot of interesting facts about the social and cultural life of people 1000 years back.
- Dharmasthala houses the Chandranatha basadi and 39 feet Lord Bahubali monolithic statue on Ratnagiri Hilltop.
- Overnight Stay in Dharmasthala.
Day 03: Dharmasthala to Moodbidri via Mulki – Belthangady SH 37.
After breakfast drive to Moodbidri on the way visiting:
- Belthangady Jain Temple 800 Yrs Old at Melanthi betta and Sri Ratnatraya Jain Tritha Kshetra.
- Moodbidri Jain Kashi, Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani basadi (1000 pillar Jain basadi is a large granite temple built-in 1430 A.D), and Kallu Basadi, Koti Basadi, Guru Basadi, Leppada Basadi, Vikram Setty Basadi, and Guru basadi.
- Overnight stay in Moodbidri.
Day 04: Moodbidri to Bangalore 7 hrs (351.0 km) via NH73 and NH75.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and then drive back to Bangalore.