Hassan is a picturesque town in the heart of malnad with a pleasant climate. It
is about 180 KM from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. The Hoysalas
brought world wide acclaim to the district through their unique style of Temple
Architecture. This quiet and peaceful town is a convenient base to visit
Shravanabelgola, Belure and Halebid.
Reasons to visit
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51 kms southeast of Hassan this one of the most important
Jain pilgrim centers. Here is the 17 m high monolith of Lord Bahubali - the
world's tallest monolithic statue. Thousands of devotees congregate here to
perform the Mahamastakabhisheka - spectacular ceremony held once in 12 years,
when the 1000 - year - old statue is anointed with milk, curds, ghee, saffron
and gold coins. The next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2005 A.D.
This quaint hamlet - 38 kms from Hassan - is located on
the banks of the river Yagachi. It was once the capital of the Hoysala empire,
today made unforgettable for its exquisite temples. The Chennakeshava Temple is
one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to
complete and you can see why. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate
sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank. Elephants, episodes from the
epics, sensuous dancers... they are all there - awe-inspiring in their intricate
workmanship. Inside are hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars. The Veeranarayana
Temple and the smaller shrines are well worth a visit.
It is 27 kms northwest of Hassan and 17 kms east of Belur.
The temples of Halebid - like those of Belur - bear mute testimony to the rich,
cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleswara Temple, dating back to the 12th
century, is astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the
temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds
and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This
magnificent temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull - was never completed, despite 86
years of labor. The Jain basadis nearby are equally rich in sculptural detail.
Belur and Halebid are 222 and 216 kms from Bangalore, respectively.
Hassan is famous for curios and handicrafts.
Belure isHassan does not have any major fairs and
festivals. However, the Mahamastakabhisheka of the statue of Bahubali after
every 12 years is an occasion to remember.
How to get there
By Road : Well linked by smooth roads to Mysore (115 km) and Bangalore.
By Air : Nearest airport is Bangalore, 185 km from the city of Hassan.
By Rail : Well connected by trains to all the major cities of India and to and from Bangalore.
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