Shravanabelagola is a small town nestled between chandragiri and vindhyagiri hills. It is a place where there are many temples and therefore this place is considered very important spiritually. People see this place as a pilgrimage place and come from far and wide to visit here. The Jain temple of Shravanabelagola is very famous and people of different religions come here. By the way, there is not only a Jain temple here, but there are many other temples here, which also have their own historical significance.
The temples located here are called Basadi by the locals and their architectural style is inspired by various dynasties. So today in this article, we are telling you about some such temples, which are located in Shravanabelagola and you must visit them during your visit-
Bahubali Gomateshwara Temple
Bahubali Gomateshwara Temple is famous for the 58 feet high monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali. It is one of the major temples of the followers of Jainism. The entrance to this temple starts with climbing 620 steps and a decorated gate of the temple. It is also known for the Basadi Mahamastabhishek festival which is held once in every 12 years. During the festival, devotees perform abhishek with curd, saffron and sugar on the statue of Bahubali.
Akkana Basadi is one of the main temples of Shravanabelagola. This temple was constructed by Achala Devi, a Jain woman, during the Hoysala period. This basadi is made of soapstone material. It was used prominently in that era to build various buildings. There is a grand statue of Lord Parshvanath in Akkana Basadi. The temple is one of the favorite basadi of the locals due to its serene serene atmosphere.
Shantinath Basadi has its own spiritual and historical significance. It was built by one of the ministers in the Hoysala period. However, some architecture inspired by the Chalukyas can also be seen in the temple. Shantinath Basadi is a place that provides spiritual peace to its devotees as there is not much crowd seen here.
This temple was built by his grandson King Ashoka in memory of the great Chandragupta Maurya. There is a decorative door at the entrance to the temple. Also, there are many examples related to the lives of Bhadrabahu and Chandragupta on both sides of the basadi. The temple is one of the smaller basadis located on the Chandragiri hills. You can reach here only by traveling a short distance to the hill.
Chennanna Basadi is a small temple with an image of the 8th Jain Tirthankara Chandraprabhu carved in stones. On the way to Gomateshwara Temple, this temple is seen on the way and from here you can also see a beautiful view of Shravanabelagola. This temple is not very big, but its inscriptions and carvings make you aware of the amazing history of Jain saints. If you are going to Bahubali temple, then first stop here and worship Chandraprabhu Tirthankar and experience spiritual peace of mind.