Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Chandragiri, Shravanabelagola

At Shravanabelagola there are two huge hillocks Chandragiri and Indragiri. Indragiri with the statue of Bahubali is more popular of the two among the tourists. The Chandragiri smaller of the two rises about 300 feet above the plain. 

One has to climb series of steps to reach the top of this small hill. one can see numerous large and small boulders of granite rocks scattered en route to the peak.

The history of this place dates back to 3rd century BC when Maurya Empire Emperor Chandragupta and his teacher Bhadrabahu came here with this place in order to attain religious peace. Hence the hillock is named Chandragiri.

There are about 92 memorials located on this hill of which 47 memorials are that of Jain monks. Important sites of interest here are:
  • Shantinatha Basadi
  • Parshvanatha Basadi
  • Chandragupta Basadi
  • Kattale Basadi
  • Majjigana Basadi
  • Shasana Basadi
  • Chandraprabha Basadi
  • Parshwanatha Basadi II
  • Chavundaraya Basadi
  • Eradukatte Basadi
  • Inscriptions
  • Savatigandhavarana Basadi
  • Terina Basadi
  • Shantishwara Basadi
  • Iruve-Brahmadeva Basadi
  • Suparshwanatha Basadi
  • Bhadrabahu Cave
  • Marasimha's Manastambha 
  • Mahanavami Mantapa
  • Bhadrabahu Inscriptions 
  • Gangaraja Mantap 
  • Nishidhi Mantaps 


Light and Voices said...

Boy, those are a lot of steps to walk up. Jeepers and to walk down there a lot of steps also. Interesting historical information.
JM, Illinois-U.S.A. said...

Great photos, the first is my favourite.
How many steps are on the stairs? Do you count?
Greetings from Germany

rupam sarma said...

Amazing place. Loved the 1st pic, Awesome.
Thanks for the post :)

Rajesh said...

Kirsi, there must be around 500 steps to the top.

Pietro Brosio said...

What a stunning place!
Very nice images.

Unknown said...

Beautiful views!

Alok singhal said...

You always put together some interesting and detailed stuff! Thanks

Photo Cache said...

Visiting temples can be a cardio workout.

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Thomas Lee said...

Everything seems to be on rock here.

Lady Fi said...

Lovely views and memorials.

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

What a beautiful place to visit. Lovely views!

Anonymous said...

excellent view :)

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Great reflections in the waer adn lovely views.Have a good weekend.

Gattina said...

Lots of steps to get to this beautiful building !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lots of steps, but lots of sites to make the climb worthwhile!

Linda said...

Remarkable place! I really like the picture of the steps.

Unknown said...

beautiful photos! hope you can visit our blog too! Thanks and have a nice day!

Yogi Saraswat said...

Beautiful pictures of a historical place . This time the information is very deep and workable.

D.Nambiar said...

Nice to see these sights. After my climb up Vindhyagiri, I was too exhausted to do anything else while I was there.