One weekend, a good friend of mine took me for a weekend trip to see these amazing places and temples like no other. It’s a long drive to Hassan from Bangaore and so this needs to be done in the weekend.
If you are in India, DO NOT MISS OUT seeing their temples and palaces. You will always find it amazing and mesmerizing. Eventhough they look almost the same, you can’t help but wonder about the history of them all.
Our first stop is the Shravanabelagola. You have no idea how many times I have to memorize this name without stuttering, but I did. And I say it with precision now even when I am sharing this experience. This place is huge! Just like the main pilgrimage where you will see the largest monolith statue in the world, one can already bask into the wonderul surroundings. Before reaching the monolith though, you will have to climb these stairs….with your bare feet!
It was sunny that day but the weather is cool. I only needed the shawl to protect me from the heat. Since this is a pilgrimage, you have not choice but to take off your shoes out of respect. Don’t worry, you won’t burn your feet.
Upon reaching the top, there are beautiful carvings you will come across along the way until you meet the Gommateshwara statue.
So, to manage your expectation, there are few people at the pilgrimage. It only gets too busy when there is a festival for the Jain god. We went there without the mentioned festival so the place is quiet and mostly appreciable.
So, this is what I was talking about earlier.
There are other interesting parts of the pilgrimage. The place is quiet and peaceful. You can distinguish the people based on their purpose….to visit and pray, or to visit and take memories. I am on the latter part.
You can also rest there for a bit as you have to go down the stairs you saw at the top of the post. Before you go down though, enjoy this view!
That’s it for the first stop.
Hoysaleshvara Temple – In Halebidu, found this magnificent ancient temple. Again, not many tourist are here so basically the photo opportunity is big. But more than that is the appreciation of the carvings from walls to ceilings to entrance to the pillars.
In one of the spot there, you can find the Nandi statue made up of soapstone as well as the entire temple where the Nandis are guarding.
There are parts of the temple that has been in ruins already. It has been sacked many years ago and most of the areas needs preservation.
Look closely at this frieze. Though this isn’t the only memory I took from the temple…lol
Chennakeshava Temple – in Belur is another sight to see. Just like Hoysaleshvara, some of the parts of the temple needs preservation. Every temples we went to has rich history in it and one could only imagine how each of these temples were built by hands as they are already in existence centuries ago.
As we have exploring all 3 sites in bare feet, at this moment, I still don’t feel callous. The concrete are cold and even if you have to explore bare feet, it’s as if you were just walking around your living room.
The carvings on this temple is equally impressive as the last one.
Some interesting sights at the site.
Onec you get to see the carvings in the walls, the details of it, one is bound to be amazed. Unbelievable hardwork and dedication to make the intricate details of it.
Of all the temples I visited in India, these ones are so far the best.
The drive back to Bangalore is long but full of memories. With all the things I saw and understood from this place in Karanataka, I am more than greatful for the opportunity to know and learn its lessons. Thank you Pradeep Jain for taking me here.
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