One day Trip to Shravanabelagola - Beluru - Halebidu from Bangalore
After so much longings about a trip; my gang and me decided to travel to Hasan district of Karnataka which is famous for its best architecture created by Hoyasala Dine sty.Our first reach out is Shravanabelagola from Koramangala (Bangalore), we were five started at 5 AM in the morning by Qualis on the way at Hennur picked up another friend so total we were six.
The way route we have choosen was
Bangalore --> Nelamangala --> Kunigal --> Hirisave --> Shravanabelagola --> Halibedu --> BeluruStart from Bangalore take Tumkur Road NH 4 towards Yeshwantpur 30 km on NH-4 reach Nelamangala and Travel 44 KM to hit NH-48 and take left at Neelamangala
Reach Kunigal and from there 52 km continue on NH 48 to reach Hirisave continue 16 km and Turn Left from Hirisave that connects to Shravanabelagola, from here every thing is easy to reach Halibedu and Beluru.
We traveled around 580 KM in this whole trip.
Shravanabelagola - Wiki
Finally we reached top of the hill where we can see huge (57 Feet)Bahu bali / Gomateswara idol. As it was one of the best pilgrimage center for Jains; we found so many Jain's and foreign tourists as well. I was surprised to see the tourists actively climbing the hill with out any fagged feeling. Got to know that this huge idol was build by king "Chamundaraya".
|Gomateswara monolithic idol|
The word Shravanbelagola means "The white pond of the Shravana" -as the name suggest there is nice pond we can see from the top of the hill, nice scenic view from the top of the hill. Just beside this hill we can see another hill called Chandragiri(Chikka betta) which has many memorials to other Jain monks. It is believed that emperor "Chadragupta Mourya" meditated on this hill. By the way there were Palanquin facilities from the down of the hill to reach up of the hill, around 400 INR were charged for this.
|On the way to the top of Bahubali hill ...|
For every 12 years there will be "MahaMastakabhishekam" performed for this huge idol; in which they will perform abhishekam with ghee, milk, gold coins and saffron. It is a spectacular ceremony. the next will be in the year 2018. We skipped to visit the chandragiri to visit other places in plan.
Coconut water is my all time relaxing technique which again I applied after getting down from the hill and quickly started Off to Halebidu which is 78 km from Shravanabelagola.On the way we stopped for Lunch in Hasan town. Food was average though we have choosen the best hotel in the town and in the heavey rain itself we started to Halebedu to save the time.
By the time we reached Halebedu, climate was good and entered the uncompleted, Hoyasaleswara temple constructed by Hoyasala dinesty kings ...Halebedu which was previously called Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra) was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. Surprising thing to know was the word "Halebedu" means ruined city. Guide was many times telling that it was invaded by Bahamani sultan and other Muslim kings who ruled the near by places. But how come they would have thought of invading this much great sculptures.
|One of the best sculptures @ Halebedu|
|@ Halebedu temple ..Whole group|
We reached Beluru around at 4:30 PM; it is just 16 KMs from Halibedu. The temple here was Chenna Kesawa swamy (Good looking Vishnu in meaning). Unfortunately the temple was closed for that day. Unlike Halibedu, Beluru temples were 100 % completed. Even Sri krishna devaraya has done some renovations to this temple during his kingdom.
King Vishnuvardana and his qween Shantala devi who has paid attention and developed these two places.As like all the temples there was pushkarani in this temple complex as well. The surprising stuff is that, there was one prototype temple in the same complex which we can see for the original temple. The star base for both prototye and main temple was really powerful. The sculpture and temple architecture is simply superb. I don't think modern artists can build this kind of fine artistic monuments just with hands.The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture, there is no doubt for this.
|at Belur Temple ..|
One line to say about these two places is "Belur - Halibedu are pride to India in terms of its culture and its standards". I never imagined 2D and 3D views in the sculptures till I see this place. Hats-off to the creativity of architects and artists involved in this great fine monuments and sculptures in this temple.
Finally we started our retrun journey to Bangalore around at 7 PM and everybody took rest and reached our places almost by mid-night.
It was a good trip after long time for all of us....looking for some thing different this time .. Let's wait and see...
|At Belur temple ..|
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