Shravanabelagola
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Odegal Basti on Vindyagiri Hill
While on a business trip in Mysore, India, my husband and I decided to make a day trip to Shravanabelagola. Once we arrived we were greeted with smiles of the locals showing us the way to the entrance of Vindyagiri Hill. It was an amazing view looking from the bottom of the hill up onto the 660 steps carved into a steep 470 foot solid rock mountain. We began our barefoot climb to the top, each step leading us to a more enchanting view than the next. My husband and I discovered an inconspicuous stone pathway towards the right side of Vindyagiri Hill that lead us to a small side entrance through the fortress walls. We found ourselves alone wandering the halls that barricade the shrine. The towering rust and white striped walls of the fortress provided a silence that gave the feeling of complete solace. Wandering around without a person in sight, we searched for the pathway to Odegal Basti. After turning a few corners we found the entrance to Gomateshwara statue and were awestruck by the radiant 57 foot monolithic statue. It is unfathomable how a statue of this magnitude and size was created at the top of this mountain almost 1000 years ago. After viewing Gomateshwara we began our descent down the mountain, taking with us only a few pictures of this magical place and more importantly the memories of exploring this ancient mountain in Shravanabelagola.
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