Akhanda Bagilu - Vindhyagiri


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Distance (From Sravanbelagola): 1 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 15 Mins or Less

Place Location: On Vindhyagiri Hill, Towards Gomateswara Temple

Transportation Options: Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: This place is situated between Tyagada Kamba and Gomateswara Temple and can be visited enroute.

At a distance of 1 km from Shravanabelagola Bus Station, Tyagada Kamba is a 10th century Monilithic Gateway situated on Vindhyagiri hill between Bahubali Gomateshwara Temple and Tyagada Kamba.

The doorway has a large stone carving of Gajalakshmi panel above the door. Goddess Lakshmi seated on lotus flanked by two elephants with pots in their trunks. The panel has crocodile and lion images carved on the upper part. This is one of the finest and largest Gajalakshmi reliefs in the country. It is one of the best arts that exhibit the workmapship of Ganga period.

There are two cells built on both sides of the gateway which were built in 12th century by Bharatamayya, a general of Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana. These cells are dedicated to Bahubali and his brother Bharatha.

Beside Bharatha's cell, there is a huge rock with several carvings of Jain saints with their followers flanked across the rock in three levels. The relief in the upper part of the rock is beautifully carved.

This place is situated on the way to Gomateswara Temple from Tyagada Kamba.