If walking up and down 634 steep granite steps of Shravanabebelagola is too much for you then try the old fasion way using the palanquin to be carried up and down. You can expect to pay 150 rupees for the service and plus extra tips for the carriers.
Shravanabelagola Local Customs
This picture shows a pilgrim with kalash for performing Kalashabhishek
Those who perform the Kalashabhishek have to follow a dress code wearing pure-brand new first wash preferably cotton - for gents: white dhoti-dupatta; for ladies: Kesaria (saffron color) or white sari.
Digambara means Sky Clad or clothed with the atmosphere. Digambara Monks are the epitome of renunciation and wander naked in the forests of India.
Dig means atmosphere or space, and ambar means clothes, so Digambara means `clothed with the atmosphere' or naked.
The nudeness of Digambara Jains symbolizes complete renunciation of the physical and worldly pursuits. They are patterned after Mahavira, the last of the Jain Tirthankaras who lived in the 6th century B.C.
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Shravanabelagola Warnings and Dangers
The granite steps of Sharavanabelagola can get hot enough to burn your feet. You are not allowed to wear shoes but you can take your socks along in your pocket if you need to wear them or they will sell socks at the bottom before you go up.
You must go up an hour or two before sunset because they would not allow anyone to climb down these steps when it gets dark.
Favorite thing: To climb the stairs, i suggest u not to climb in mid-day or in peak summer, since the stairs are not covered and its extremely hot, carry a bottle of water with u,
if u have aged people take the help of carriers (palaquin) who will take u up for a small fee.
Fondest memory: The statue is everlasting and it leaves everyone gaspingRelated to:
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