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Shravanabelagola, a city located in the Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka and is 158km from Bangalore. Shravanabelagola "White Pond of the Shravana" is named with reference to the colossal image of Gommaṭa - the prefix Sravaṇa serves to distinguish it from other Belagolas with the prefixes Hale- and Kodi-, while Beḷagoḷa "white pond" is an allusion to the pond in the middle of the town. The Sanskrit equivalents Svetasarovara, Dhavalasarovara and Dhavalasarasused in the inscriptions that support this meaning.

The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at SravaṇaBeḷgoḷa is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad. Chandragupta is said to have died here in 298 BC after he became a Jain monk and assumed an ascetic life style.

Shravanabelagola is located at 13km to the south-east of Channarayapatna in the Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 51km south-east of Hassan, the district centre. It is situated at a distance of 12km to the south from the Bangalore-Mangalore road (NH-48), 78km from Halebidu, 89km from Belur, 83km from Mysore, 233km from Mangalore, 17km from Hirisave and 157km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.

Photography: [Cedric SF: #1, #2] [Karthik S: #1] [Aasif Iqbal J: #1]

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