Shravanabelagola is a beautiful place located in the Hassan district of Karnataka and is 158 km from Bangalore. We visited this place sometime in May 2006 during the MahaMastakAbhisheka ceremony.
This place is an important Jain pilgrimage and is famous for the 57 feet monolithic statue of the Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali(located on the Vindyagiri). It is considered to be the world’s largest monolithic stone statue.
MahaMastakAbhisheka is the spectacular ‘head anointing ceremony’in which the statue is covered with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins. This ceremony is performed only once in the 12 years.
The base of the statue has the first and oldest evidence of written Marathi language.