I always wanted to visit Shravanbelgola since i arrived here in Hyderabad in 2004 but somehow i always fell short of time or may be courage. But at the time of placements i had decided that as soon as i get placed i will be heading towards the sacred place. Well not just after the placements but about a month later i mustered up the courage and headed towards Shravanbelgola with almost zero planning 🙂
First destination was Bangalore, i took the Bus from Koti Bus Station at around 8 in the night. I was supposed to reach Bangalore by 8 am next day but could reach there only by 12:30 or so, courtesy the Bus that broke down just after 2 hours of travel and could start only after 2 hours of hard work.
Till then i had just heard about Bangalore traffic but i could feel the agony of the locales when the bus took about 2 hours to reach Bangalore bus stand from the time we entered the city. Anyways after having some food there i took the bus from Bangalore to channarayapatna that took about 80 Rs and 2 hours to reach the destination. And from there i took a bus to Shravanbelgola that took about half an hour and 7 Rs 🙂
There were some amazing locations in between like this:
On reaching the bus stand itself i got the first view of this exhilarating place:
After taking some pics of the place and the Bus stop i moved to Dharmshala
Bus Stand Shravanbelgola
Dharmshala, where i stayed.
After keeping the luggage in Dharmshala i headed towards the hill for Darshan and the first view at the height was really scary as i had to complete the Trip in half an hour (as the Temple get closed by 6 PM)
Got to know that this Hill is called Vindhyagiri and just opposite is another hill called Chandragiri and in between them is city and yeah a beautiful pond as well…
And finally i reached the destination..and in front of me was the Worlds largest monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali..Wow !! how could they make it !! Fantastic..
Well after doing the Darshan i came down the hill and headed towards the MaTha for food..After having food i visited the temples in the city..
And found one of the mot b’ful Chandra Prabhu Idol…
Surprisingly i found an internet cafe over there so I utilized the services offered 😀 and then headed to Dharmshala for rest. There i met one Mr Hansmukh Jain from Banglore (Originally from Rajasthan) and had a nice chat with him. He is a medical student.
The night at Dharmshala was terrible as the mosquitoes just didn’t spare us. They didnt leave even my eyes from biting ! and the result was the swollen eyes next day 😦
Well somehow the night got over and after getting ready in morning we decided to move to theYaatra of Chandragiri first and then Vindhyagiri…So we reached Chandragiri gate..
Reached the top and did Darshan…
After doing Darshan we decided not to stop and reach the peak of the hill..
and finally reahced there 🙂
Took some pics of Chandragiri from there…
Vindhyagiri as seen from Chandragiri Top..
Then we came down moved towards the Vindhyagiri Parvat..
Did Abhishek and Darshan…
and some Tapasya as well 😛
After spending some time at the top we came down to have some food..
And then we left for Bangalore via Channarayapatna… At Bangalore Bus Stand “Majestic” i met with one of my best friend Antriksh who is working there with THBS. It was really wonderful meeting him after a long gap. We went to a Jain temple in Bangalore which was pretty close to bus stand..
And then i took a bus to Hyderabad from Bangalore at around 8:30 which eventually started at 11:00 PM !!
and reached Hyderabad next day around 12:30 PM..
And the happy journey was over 😀