Bhagawan Bahubali Statue (Gommateshwara), Hassan

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Climb approximately 1,000 steps to reach the top of Bhagawan Bahubali Statue (Gommateshwara), a 17.5 m (58 ft) tall idol sculpted out of a single piece of rock. The monument attracts both tourists and pilgrims and, along with the temples around it, holds major archaeological and historical importance, representing a holy pilgrimage place ever since it was built over a millennium ago. As you admire the statue, enjoy views of the surrounding area from the lofty vantage point. Make sure you bring your camera for great shots from above, and take plenty of water for the climb. Plan your Bhagawan Bahubali Statue (Gommateshwara) visit and explore what else you can see and do in Hassan using our Hassan vacation builder.
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  • An atmospheric and easy climb up to the top of the hill, with a number of small shrines in passing. A very atmospheric place with a peaceful and calming vibration. Take your time to enjoy the atmosphe...  more »
  • Shravanabelagola is located at a distance of 140 kms from Bangalore OFF Bangalore - Mangalore Highway. We have to take a deviation at Hirisave and travel 18 kms. The roads are very well maintained upt...  more »
  • Even though I do not belong to Jain community, I went here with friends and decided to climb 100's of stairs. It was a good experience to see the panoramic view of the town and farm lands. I was also ...  more »
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  • It is situated at the top of hill and have to climb 600+ steps to reach there. There are some facility of carrying aged people but for others they have to climb by them selves. Wear comfortable clothes and ladies ware proper clothings as strong winds blows during the climb so it is not safe to wear loose clothes. Carry water with you because you're gonna need it! But worth it! It is so beautiful up there! Build ages ago but still well preserved!
  • Around 600~700 steps(one way). Roughly takes around 2hrs to climb up and down the stairs. The view from the top is amazing.The statue of gomamateshwara (bahubali) is located at the top.
  • It's a very difficult trek to reach this temple. The stairs are pretty steep and only people in good physical condition can make it. But once you reach the top of the mountain, you will have an amazing experience. The bahubali statue is one of the best in the world and totally imposing. Very holy place for Jains. Must visit.
  • It was an amazing wonderful experience in our visit to hassan. It was really tough to climb up the steep hill. would advice to climb either in the early morning or late evening. early morning would be lot better since you would have the help of the sun for your photographs. Felt so happy, when we read the history of Bhagawan bhaubali, felt even more happier when we visited sharavanabelagola. Wonderful place, definitely a must visit.
  • This is an ancient naked male idol of Gomateshwara or also called as Lord Bahubali, an important Jain Pilgrim Centre atop a hill. We can't see the 5-storey high grey-coloured granite idol from the base of the 470 feet high hill, but is visible from afar. It weighs around 82 tonnes. One needs to climb the hill fully up to see the idol, which is relatively proportionate in size, and that's amazing for a 1000-year-old statue. Never attempt to run down the 550+ steps, rather conserve energy and climb at normal relaxed speed. It will be easier on your heart. Creeper plants grow around the statue depicting the intense meditative posture of the person, come what may. The scenery around and below, from atop the hill is breathtaking. The person who chiselled out this statue had to climb up and down every day to carve this magnificent structure. Around the statue there are numerous other small statues of Jain Theerthankaras, their gurus, in different colours of stones, esp. black. Many other Jain lodging places called basidis are at the foothills. Nearby there are 14 Jain Temples and a cave. It's very hot and windy on the bald hill. There are many small shops selling socks and hats at nominal rates. Buy them and wear it to climb the hill to prevent blisters forming on your legs as your footwear is not allowed. It takes half an hour to climb the carved-out stairs. It's the cheapest and best exercise to reduce tummy fat. Every 12 years they celebrate Mahamastaka-abhisheka, a ritual where the huge statue is cleaned by pouring thousands of litres of water, sugarcane juice, milk, ghee, vermilion, flower petals, turmeric powder, saffron, sandal powder, etc. The next one is from 17-25 February 2018. Be there to see the sea of humanity converging there to witness the magic unfold! You might be able to see the President and Prime Minister of India!