Photos of Sravanabelagola (India)

Below are some photos from our trip to Sravanabelagola (Karnataka, India) last weekend. I am sorry to write that we will not make it to Delhi and Agra (to see the Taj Mahal) this weekend after all. After long complex discussions with several travel agents, the trip price just
kept going up as they added more items somehow not in the original amount; when the quote went over $2,000, we said enough. John and I are disappointed and frustrated but hope to see the Taj on a future trip. We will visit Goa instead this weekend. I will post more pictures (Belur and Halebid) as time allows.

We started before dawn from Bangalore and after a long drive, we got to Sravanabelagola before it got too hot. On our climb in socks up more than 600 granite steps to see the huge A.D. 981 Gomateshvara Jain sculpture, we saw carved inscriptions commemorating ancient pilgrimages. My favorite inscription was translated:

THIS WORN OUT INSCRIPTION IS DATED SAKA 1568 PHAI SUNA VADI 6,
CORRESPONDING TO THE 16TH MARCH 1647 A.D. TUESDAY. IT SEEMS TO
RECORD THE PILGRIMAGE OF SOME PERSONS.

The exactness of the date combined with total lack of information abut the pilgrims who carved it is funny.

Sravanabelagola sign:

Sravanabelagola sign<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Sravanabelagola

600 plus steps (in socks):

Sravanabelagola steps<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Sravanabelagola

Doorway at the top:

Sravanabelagola Shrine doorway<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Sravanabelagola

rock inscription and sign:

Sravanabelagola, Rock inscriptions<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Sravanabelagola

rock footprints:

Sravanabelagola, Rock inscriptions<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Sravanabelagola

stone dancer:

Sravanabelagola, Dancer carving<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Sravanabelagola

small statues:

Sravanabelagola, small statues<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Gomateshvara

head:

Sravanabelagola, Gomateshvara head<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Gomateshvara feet with

carved snakes and termites:

Sravanabelagola, Gomateshvara feet<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Gomateshvara

statue:

Sravanabelagola, Gomateshvara statue<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Truck demon

on road:

Truck demon<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Tree roots over

road:

tree roots over road<br /> photo: copyright 2007 John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2007 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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