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On Saturday, our second day, we traveled a few hours outside of Bangalore to the pilgrimage town of Sravanabelagola, whose name means “Monk of the White Pond.” Here we climbed 614 steps up Vindhyagiri Hill to see the Gomateshvara Statue. According to Lonely Planet:
Atop the bald rock of Vindhyagiri Hill, the 17.5m-high statue of the Jain deity Gomateshvara (Bahubali), said to be the world’s tallest monolithic statue, is visible long before you reach the pilgrimage town of Sravanabelagola…
A steep climb up 614 steps takes you to the top of Vindhyagiri Hill, the summit of which is lorded over by the towering naked statue of the Jain deity Gomateshvara. Commissioned by a military commander in the service of the Ganga king Rachamalla and carved out of a single piece of granite by the sculptor Aristenemi in AD 981, its serenity and simplicity is in stark contrast to the Hoysala sites at Belur and Halebid.
Keeping with local customs, we left our shoes at the bottom of the hill and wore socks (purchased cheaply from the nearby vendors) for the climb. My feet felt great for the whole trek, and on the way up my lungs were the only complainers. But on the way down—and days after—my calves were feeling it. Those steps are steep.
Tastes, sights, and signs in Bangalore. We ate our first and last breakfasts of the trip at MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Rooms)—their dosas, coffee, and idlis are the best, and the restaurant’s history dates back to 1924. In our first 24 hours we visited Commercial Street, and in a haze of jet lag and confusing math (60 rupees equals 1 dollar, how many meters are in a yard?) I bought some beautiful scarves and fabric at Mysore Saree and Fab India. We had a wonderful amount of seafood on the trip: some of our notable Bangalore lunches were at Unicorn Bar & Restaurant and Mahesh Lunch Home. Walking in and around Defence Colony, where we stayed during the Bangalore portion of our trip, we found shade and plenty of flowers and trees.
Sunset Park! Keep your eyes peeled for this adorable cat that’s missing.
Thanks Dean! It’s been shared on Facebook and posted in the streets, but of course Tumblr can help, too. My friend really misses her kitten, so Sunset Park keep your eyes open!