This great centre for Jain culture Shravanabelagola probably came from the words ‘Bel’ (means white in Kannada) and ‘Kola’ (pond). Located city located in the Hassan district of Karnataka the small town is is famous for its colossal statue of Gomateshwar. Carved out of monolithic stone, this 17 metres high statue of Gomata towers is one of the tallest statues of the world and is visible even from a distance of 20 km. Shravanabelagola depicts the architectural and sculptural styleof Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad.
The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at Sravanabelagola is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism. For more than 2,300 years, Shravanabelagola has been a prominent centre for Jaina art, religion and culture.
The nearest airport is at Bangalore (157 kms), regular flights of Indian and Jet Air connect Bangalore to the main areas of the countryRAIL
Nearest station is Hassan (57 Km) and Bangalore is (157 Km away). Taxis are available from Hassan railway station.ROAD
Shravanabelagola is well connected by road from all important towns in Karnataka.
Distances: 78 km from Halebidu, 89 km from Belur, 83 km from Mysore, 233 km from Mangalore, 17 km from Hirisave and 157 km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.