Gomateshwara (Bahubali) Temple
This temple situated at Shravanabelagola in Hassan (Karnataka) consists of a 57 feet high and 26 feet wide statue of Gomateshwara (also known as Bahubali), the first Tirthankara (Jain deity). This black stone statue is one of the world’s largest stone structures, built by Chamundaraya in the 10th century. Every 12 years, a Mahamastakabhisheka is conducted here, wherein the statue is bathed with milk and saffron paste – considered to be a holy ritual. Thousands of devotees from all over the world flock to this temple to attend this grand ceremony.
The temple is well connected to Bengaluru and Mysore. Hassan is the nearest railway station and 157 kilometers away is the nearest airport, Bengaluru.