- Antaral Parshwanatha basadi: This temple called as Kamata Parshwanatha Basadi in records was probably erected in the late 11th century. An inscription found in the vestibule seems to associate Dhanakirthideva, disciple of Damanandi Traividyadeva with this Basadi. The image of Parshwanatha about 14 feet 6 inches high stands on a lotus pedestal. The reliefs at the base are not only of great artistic excellence but also of immense mythological interest. They reveal Parshwanatha’s encounter with his enemy, Kamata. The main image as well as the serpent body and the canopy are hewn out of a single block of schist. The commemorative column in the hall was erected in the honor of the saint Mallisena in 1129 AD. Executed by an artist named Gangachari, “the forehead jewel of titled sculptors”, it bears testimony to the artistic excellence as well as to the high literary attainment of poet Mallinatha, its composer.
- Majjigana Basadi:
It was 5 pm and we started our return journey to Bangalore. Due to rain we lost 3-4 hours in the day. We reached Bangalore at 9.30 pm. A couple of tips if you want to have a bike trip to Shravanabelagola from Bangalore:
- Try to start from Bangalore as early as possible. We started at 6 am. I guess 5 am is the right time. The advantage is that you won’t be getting any traffic in Bangalore. Also, you will return early from there. Make your trip plan in such a way that you don’t have to drive in highways at night time.
- The distance is 148 km. It looks easy on paper, however, it’s not. If the weather is good, then no worries. In hostile weather conditions you might need some extra gadgets. Make sure you carry rain coats and extra clothing. My driving jacket helped me a lot when it was raining.