Shravana Belgola  is a city located in the Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka and is 158 km from Bangalore. Śravaṇa Beḷgoḷa has two hills, Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri. It is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism.This 57-feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshvara is located on Vindyagiri Hill. It is considered to be the world’s largest monolithic stone statue. The base of the statue has an inscriptions in Kannada and Tamil, as well as the oldest evidence of written Marathi, dating from 981 AD. Every twelve years, thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka, a spectacular ceremony in which the statue is covered with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins. The next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2018.

Credit: This information is taken from Wikipedia: Shravana Belgola


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