Shravanabelagola, Jain pilgrim centre in Karnataka

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Shravanabelagola is a prominent Jain pilgrim centre in Hassan district, Karnataka state, India. Shravanabelagola is home to Asia's largest monolithic statue - Lord Gomateswara looming atop the picturesque Vindhyagiri Hill.

Jain pilgrims every 12 years, gather here to participate in the colourful Maha Mastakabhisheka of the Lord, the splendid head-anointing ceremony.

Karnataka has a cluster of Jain pilgrim centres. Some of them are: Karkala and Venur with huge Gomateswara statues; Mudabidri with the Thousand Pillars Basadi; Humcha with an ancient Jain Mutt; and Narasimharajapura and Belgaum with Jain basadis.

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