So this time we were going to a historic place “Shravanabelagola”. It is pilgrim place for jain’s as this have a 58 feet monolithic statue(carved out of a single rock peice) of Bahubali son of ‘Lord Adinath'(1st Tirthanker of Jain’s). You see jain’s have 24 tirthanker as their god.
Shravanabelagola has two hills, Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri. Acharya Bhadrabahu and his pupil Chandragupta Maurya are believed to have meditated there.Chandragupta Basadi( basadi implies an institution including residences of scholars attached to the shrine), which was dedicated to Chandragupta Maurya, was originally built there by Ashoka in the third century BC. Chandragiri also has memorials to numerous monks and Śrāvakas(disciple) who have meditated there since the fifth century AD, including the last king of the Rashtrakuta dynasty of Manyakheta
The 58-feet tall monolithic statue of Bahubali is located on Vindyagiri Hill. It is considered to be the world’s largest monolithic statue. The base of the statue has an inscriptions in Prakrutha i.e. Devanagari script, dating from 981 AD. The inscription praises the king who funded the effort and his general, Chavundaraya, who erected the statue for his mother. Every twelve years, thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka a spectacular ceremony in which the statue is anointed with Water, Turmeric, Rice flour, Sugar cane juice, Sandalwood paste, saffron, and gold and silver flowers.
Bahubali (English: One With Strong Arms), was the son of Adinath, the first tirthankara of Jainism, and the younger brother of Bharata Chakravartin(on whose name our country was named bharatvarsh). He is said to have meditated motionless for one year in a standing posture and that during this time, climbing plants grew around his legs. After his year of meditation, Bahubali is said to have attained omniscience (Kevala Gyana). According to Jain texts, Bahubali attained liberation from the cycle of births and deaths (moksha) at Mount Kailash and is revered as a liberated soul (Siddha).
So this was the brief history about Shravanabelagola which i researched and told that to her on our trip and she listened to it patiently. These were the things that made me fall for her every time a bit more and wander who was she?
To be continued in part 3…