Gomatagiri in Mysuru district’s Bettadoor is popular for its mini Gomateshwara (also known as Bahubali) statue. The 6 meter high monolithic statue at Gomatagiri is said to be 700 years old and forms an important Jain centre of worship in the district.
Gomatagiri, the hill on which Gomateshwara statue is located is about 50 meters high from ground level.
Key highlights of Gomatagiri:
- Annual Celebrations: Once a year Gomatagiri statue is treated with ‘Abhisheka’ or pouring of divine objects. This Maha Masthakabhisheka celebration usually falls in the month of September
- Views: Offers panoramic view of the surrounding- parts of Mysuru city, KRS can be seen at a distance
- Statue carved in granite, using a single piece of stone during the Vijayanagara rule. Similar in design to Gomateshwara in Shravanabelagola but smaller in size (6 meters vs 17 meters)
Nearby: KRS Dam (20 kms), Balamuri falls (18 kms), Arabithittu wildlife sanctuary (15 kms) are some of the places to visit along with Gomatagiri.
How to reach: Gomatagiri is 153 kms from Bengaluru and 22 kms from Mysuru. Mysuru airport is 32 kms away and Mysuru city is the nearest railway station. From Mysuru Gomatagiri can be reached by hiring a taxi.
Stay: Mysuru city (22 kms from Gomatagiri) has budget hotels and luxury resorts across all categories.