Shravanabelagola town and Jainism Nestled between the Indragiri and Chandragiri hills, Shravanabelagola in Karnataka is one of the oldest and most significant Jain pilgrimage centers in India. Dating all the way to 297 BC, this town is associated with the great ruler Chandragupta Maurya who lived here after he became a Jain ascetic. Jainism flourished… Continue reading Mammoth and monumental: Gommateshvara (Bahubali) at Shravanabelagola
While most of my travel posts till date have been on destinations or particular attractions, this one is about some of the most simple yet insightful sights that one comes across while travelling through rural India. Lush green fields that come across as a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively, are a common… Continue reading Rustic scenes and rural experiences in and around Mosale
While the magnificence and ornate architecture of the Hoysala temples is, usually, synonomous with the temples of Belur and Halebidu, a visit to the sleepy hamlet of Mosale proved me wrong. Located just about 15 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Holenarasipura Road, the twin temples found in this village is a definitely a hidden gem. The ancient… Continue reading Nageshvara-Chennakeshava temple: monumental twin temples of Mosale
A recent visit to Hassan took us to one of the most stunning places I have visited of late. About 25 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Shettihalli Road, lies the gorgeous remains of the Holy Rosary church. Situated on the banks of the Gorur-Hemavathy reservoir, this church is believed to have been built by the French… Continue reading Rosary Church, Shettihalli: a journey back in time.