My trip to India: Karnataka Pt.3
April 16, 2011
April 16, 2011
We left the lovely Mysore and its palace, heading more north. This is our third day in Karnataka and we have 3 spots to visit in our itinerary for that day. Sravanbelagola was our first destination, then Belur and Halebid. The first is a Jain religion site. Belur and halebid are Hindu.
Sravanbelagola, which means “the monk on the top of the hill”. considered one of the most important sites in India to Jain religion followers. Jainism is an Indian religion that prescribes pacifism and a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity of self-effort to move the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation . There are 2 hills in Sravanbelagola Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri. A temple has been built on top of each hill. The Vindhyagiri Hill temple has the tallest free-standing statue in the world, naked statue of Sri Gomatheswar , which carved between 978-993 AD and It is 614 steps to reach the top of the Vindhyagiri Hill where the temple and the statue are located. You need to take off your shoes to go up the hill. It was summer and mid-day so we were jumping on the steps all the way up. We were lucky again because there were some big rituals happening when one of the Jains big monks was visiting but unfortunately photography was not allowed. We spent couple of hours climbing both hills, going around temples and the small down town before we complete further north to Belur and Halebid.
The Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid are one of the most artistically periods of Hindu cultural development. Belur’s temple constructed in 1116 and Halebid in 1121. Although halebid temple took more than 80 years of labour and it is the most outstanding example of Hoysala art but it was never completed. Some sculptures were destroyed by Muslims. It’s 3o minutes drive between the 2 temples. We were done by the sunset but since it’s 2 hours drive to hampi, our next destination, and there was nothing left to do we decided to drive toward hampi and look for a hotel closer to it so no time will be wasted. 🙂
End of Pt.3